Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies
Fida Adely is an Associate Professor and the holder of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Adely is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include education, women and development, and gender and labor in the Arab world. She has conducted field research in Jordan for over a decade. She is the author of Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith & Progress (University of Chicago, 2012) as well as several articles on women, education and development in the Middle East. Dr. Adely was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a Lecturer at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2007.
Areas of Expertise: Arab world, Education, Gender and Development, Labor, Jordan
- Ph.D. (2007) Columbia University/Teachers College, Comparative Education/Anthropology
- M.A. (1997) Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
- B.A. (1993) Fordham University
Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith and Progress. (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
(2013) Co-authored with James Seale-Collazo. Ethnographies of Religious Education. Anthropology and Education Quarterly 44 (4): 340-344.
(2012) “God Made Beautiful Things”: Proper Faith and Religious Authority in a Jordanian High School. American Ethnologist 39 (2): 297-312
(2009). Educating Women for Development: The Arab Human Development Report 2005 and the Problem with Women’s Choices. International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 (1): 105-122.
(2007). “Is Music Haram?” Jordanian Girls Educating Each Other about Nation, Faith and Gender. Teachers College Record 109 (7): 1663-1681
(2004). The Mixed Effects of Schooling for High School Girls in Jordan: The Case of Tel Yahya. Comparative Education Review. Vol. 48 (4): 353-373.
(Forthcoming). Pedagogy, Islamic Education, and Life Lessons. In Evelyn Early, Donna Lee Bowen, and Becky Schulthies (Eds.) Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East. 3rd Edition. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press.
Co-authored with Gregory Starrett (2011). Schools, Skills, and Morals in the Contemporary Middle East. In Bradley A.U. Levinson and Mica Pollock (Eds.) A Companion to the Anthropology of Education, First Edition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (Pp. 349-367).
(2010). Performing Patriotism: Rituals and Moral Authority in a Jordanian High School. In André E. Mazawi and Ronald G. Sultana (Eds.) Education and the Arab “World”: Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power. World Yearbook of Education 2010. Routledge. (Pp. 132-144).