December 12, 2011

American University in Cairo Names First Ombuds

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Hanan Sabea has been appointed as the first Ombuds for the independent and sectarian university in Egypt. In an interview with the school newspaper, Sabea said that she will be defining her position from scratch. "It is not necessarily going to be the same role as ombuds in other universities in America," she said.

Sabea revealed that she did not apply for the position, but was nominated by a student and a teacher. Although she is still learning about Ombuds, she already demonstrated her independence by insisting on an office outside the administration building.

Sabea earned her BA and MA from AUC, and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. She held a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia before joining the AUC faculty in 2006. Currently, her research focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa: Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique. (AUC Caravan, Faculty Profile; Women and Memory Forum Profile.)

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