Dr. Hania Sholkamy is an Egyptian anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She obtained her MA and BA from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and is currently associate research professor at the Social Research Center of the AUC. She is also affiliated with the Ministry of Social Solidarity as technical advisor to the Minister, introducing a conditional cash transfers program to Egypt.

Prior to her current position, she was an assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology of the AUC, a research associate at the International Population Council and the Ioma Evans Pritchard Junior Research Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. Her research interests and publications are mainly in the fields of health, particularly reproductive health, gender, population and qualitative methods. She has co-edited two volumes, one titled Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography (OUP) with S. Szreter and A. Dharmalingam, and another titled Health and Identity in Egypt (AUC Press) with F. Ghanam.

She has been a member of various professional associations including the Reproductive Health Working Group (current), the Committee on Anthropology and Demography of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (1998-2002), and the Advisory Committee of the Middle East Awards program of the International Population Council (2002/3). She is also a member of the executive committee of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies of the AUC, a fellow of the Economic Research Forum, and a member of the International Faculty of the Arab Gulf University in Bahrain. She is currently regional coordinator of the Pathways to Women’s Empowerment Research Consortium in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, UK.


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