Since January 2007, CGU has had the privilege of offering courses with professor and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from Egypt, Dr. Sallama Shaker. Over her ambassadorial career, Dr. Shaker forged the way for greater women’s participation in Egyptian diplomatic politics. In her educational background, Dr. Shaker received her B.Sc. in Political Economy from Cairo University. She earned two master’s degrees, one in Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University, and the other in Economics from London School of Economics, Malta University. At Washington D.C.’s American University, she completed her Ph.D. degree in International Development in 1993. Dr. Shaker served the Woodrow Wilson Center as Senior Associate from 1992-1994, researching economic influences from the first Gulf War on both Turkey and Egypt, and writing her study of rent-seeking in Turkey, State, Society, and Privatization in Turkey, 1979-1990.
Dr. Shaker’s formidable background in international affairs enriches her classroom, offering students unique learning opportunities. She brings a wealth of Egyptian ambassadorial experience in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Turkey, and Malta. Her classes, lectures, and publications address politically and religiously relevant issues, such as “Building Bridges to a Culture of Peace,” Middle Eastern identity and conflict resolution, “globalization with a human face,” feminism and nationalism in Egypt, the feminization of poverty, economic development, women in Islam, as well as interfaith and intercultural diversity and respect.
CGU Courses offered by Dr. Shaker:
• Religion, Development, and Feminization of Poverty (WSR-Religion, Spring 2008)
• Identity Crisis in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution (Politics and Economics, Fall 2007)
• Gender Power & Nationalism: Women’s Movements in the Middle East & North Africa (WSR-Religion, Fall 2007)
• Peace, Social Changes, and Globalization (Transdisciplinary Studies, Summer 2007)
• Power, Religion, Gender & Violence (WSR-Religion, Spring 2007)
• The Present and Future of the Middle East (Politics and Economics, Spring 2007)