The January 25 Revolution swept from power the authoritarian regime whose neo-liberal economic policies had deepened Egypt's poverty and exacerbated class divisions. Pent-up demands for human dignity and social justice are now expressed loudly and boldly, but the security structures remain unreformed, the military establishment retains its privileged status, and the process of democratization is challenging at multiple levels.
Ann Lesch, Associate Provost for International Programs at the American University in Cairo (AUC), previously served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at AUC and taught political science at Villanova University. A graduate of Swarthmore College, with her PhD from Columbia University, she also worked in the Middle East for The American Friends Service Committee, The Ford Foundation, and Universities Field Staff International. Dr. Lesch served as the president of the Middle East Studies Association and the Sudan Studies Association and is a founder and former director of the Palestinian American Research Center.
Co-sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Center for Global and International Studies, Islamic Studies Program, and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.