Lisa Anderson

President of the American University in Cairo

Lisa ANDERSON was appointed president of The American University in Cairo in January 2011. A specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa, Anderson served as the University's provost from 2008 to 2010, and was responsible for shaping and implementing AUC's academic vision and building the size and quality of the faculty. Prior to joining AUC in 2008, Dr. Anderson was the James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations at Columbia University in New York and where she had also served as dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, chair of the political science department, and director of the Middle East Institute. Dr. Anderson has led a number of organizations as president, chair, or board member, including the Middle East Studies Association, the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs, Human Rights Watch, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, an honorary doctor of laws from Monmouth University, and an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.


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