School of Business, Economics and Communications
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Coordinator: H. Rizzo (Sociology)
Coordinating Committee Members: T. Abdel Malek (Economics), A. Beshai (Economics), J. Bremer (Director of Public Policy and Administration Program), I. El Nur (Political Science), s. El-Musa (Political Science), P. Fargues (Director of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies), P. Glavanis (Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching), B. Ibrahim (Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement), H. Rashad (Director of the Social Research Center), M. Rieker (Director of the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies), J. Salevurakis (Economics), H. Sholkamy (Social Research Center), Richard Tutwiler (Director of the Desert Development Center)
Development Studies is a rapidly growing area of study concerned with the long-term social, political and economic changes taking place in the Global South. The field is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary within the social sciences, drawing on the perspectives of anthropology, economics, gender and women’s studies, political science, public policy and administration, and sociology in order to understand the complexities of poverty and inequality, population growth, political economy, globalization, international division of labor, structural adjustment, war and human rights, democratization, civil society and NGOs, social justice, and sustainable and alternative forms of development.
Examining questions of development in the Middle East and Africa, in particular, and the Global South more broadly is an AUC strength. Several departments and research centers at AUC offer students opportunities to pursue advanced degrees and to participate in collaborative applied projects and scholarly research in development studies.