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Ghada Barsoum

Research Fellows

Assistant Professor, The American University in Cairo

Areas of Interest:

  • labor
  • Social Policy


  • PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada, 1999-2005
  • MA, Sociology/Anthropology, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1996-1999
  • BA, English Literature, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1983-1987


  • Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Administration Department,  American University in Cairo, September 2010 – Date
  • Program Director – Master of Public Policy (MPP), January 15, 2014 – Date
  • Research Associate – Senior Program Manager, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, The Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office, Cairo, July 2006 – July 2010

Latest Publications:

  • Barsoum, Ghada. Forthcoming. “Quality, Pedagogy and Governance in Private Higher Education Institutions in Egypt”. Africa Education Review (Taylor & Francis). Accepted June 2016 and available soon on
  • Barsoum, Ghada and Rashad, Ahmed. 2016. “Does Private Higher Education Improve Employment Outcomes? Comparative Analysis from Egypt”. Public Organization Review (Springer). On line first at doi:10.1007/s11115-016-0367-x
  • Barsoum, Ghada. 2016. Youth–focused Active Labour Market Programmes in a Constrained Welfare Regime: A Qualitative Reading of Programmes in Egypt. International Journal of Social Welfare (Wiley Publishing). Available on-line on
  • Barsoum, Ghada. 2016. The Allure of “Easy”: Reflections on the Learning Experience in Private Higher Education Institutions in Egypt . Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education (Taylor & Francis). (first published on-line March 16, 2016)

Working Papers

Incentives Structure and Accountability in the Jordanian Higher Education System

This paper provides an overview of the incentives structure for higher education by focusing on ... read more

Working Papers

Young People’s Job Aspirations in Egypt and the Continued Preference for a Government Job

Despite the slowing of government hiring in Egypt, the government remains the employer of choice ... read more

Working Papers

The Challenges of Private Higher Education in Egypt

Private institutions are strongly showing presence in the landscape of higher education in Egypt.  This ... read more


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