President, The American University in Cairo (2011-16)
Lisa Anderson


Lisa Anderson was President of the American University in Cairo until 2016, and previously Professor of International Relations at Columbia University, Dean of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Director of the Middle East Institute. She is a former President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), former Chair of the board of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and a former member of the council of the American Political Science Association and the board of Human Rights Watch. Her academic research focuses on social science and global public policy as well as state formation and political change in the Middle East.