Andrea Rugh has been a technical advisor for USAID development projects in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. She was a Research Associate at the Harvard Institute of International Development from 1987 to 1994, and worked for Save the Children and UNICEF in Pakistan and Afghanistan from 1998 to 2002.  Over a period of 40 years residence and work in the Middle East, she has written on local culture and society. Her books include Family in Contemporary Egypt (Syracuse University Press, 1984), Reveal and Conceal: Dress in Egypt (Syracuse University Press, 1986), Within the Circle: Parents and Children in an Arab Village (Columbia University Press, 1997), and two translated books: Daughter of Damascus (Siham Tergeman, University of Texas Press, 1994), Folktales of Syria (Samir Tahhan, University of Texas Press, 2004). Her latest books are The Political Culture of Leadership in the United Arab Emirates (Palgrave-Macmillan 2007), Simple Gestures: A Cultural Journey Into the Middle East (Potomac Books 2009), International Development in Practice: Education Assistance in Egypt, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (Palgrave-Macmillan 2012) and Christians in Egypt: Strategies and Survival. (November 2015-Palgrave Macmillan).

B.A. at Oberlin College; Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at American University

Arabic, German

Regions of Expertise
Syria, Egypt, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Issues of Expertise
Culture and Society, Tribalism, Development, Family Life, Gender, Sectarian Issues


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