Portrait of Sallama Shaker

Ambassador Sallama Shaker is a Senior Research Fellow of Middle East & International Studies. Her research is on the challenges facing countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the feminization of poverty, and building peace in the Middle East. Her teaching draws from her interest and expertise in diplomatic negotiations and conflict resolution in the Middle East, regional development in the Middle East, gender studies, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Shaker began her education at the American College for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. She went on to earn a BS in Political Economy at Cairo University. She holds master’s degrees in political economy and economics from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics/Malta University, respectively. In 1993 she received her PhD in International Development from American University in Washington, DC.

Shaker was a senior associate scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1992 to 1994, where she authored her book: State, Society, and Privatization in Turkey. Shaker was appointed as Ambassador of Egypt to Canada from 2000 to 2004. She taught at Yale University from 2008 to 2013.

Co-authored Steven Childs. The Middle East in the Global Era. Cognella Publishers, 2020.

“Why Egypt Matters.” Yale Global Online Magazine. July 25, 2013.

Co-authored with Michael Bell, et al. “Practitioners’ Perspectives on Canada-Middle East Relations.” In Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice, edited by Paul Heinbecker and Bessma Moman, 7-24. Ontario, Canada: The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007.

Aid, Privatization, and Development in Turkey, 1979–1990, translated by Kurhan-Oglu, Ankara, Turkey: Metu, 1995.

State, Society, and Privatization in Turkey, 1979–1990. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press: 1995.

“Development and Islamic Values.” In Building Peace in the Middle East: Challenges for State and Civil Society, edited by Elise Boulding. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1993.