Tarek Selim

February 14th, 2013

Tarek Selim, Professor in the Department of Economics, has published the following article: “A Value Proposition for Egypt Beyond Revolution,” German Journal for Politics, Economics, and Culture of the Middle East, Volume 54, Number 1 (2013).

Tarek Selim

December 2nd, 2012

Tarek Selim, Professor of Economics, has published a review of Thomas Friedman’s book That Used to Be Us, in the Fall 2012 issue of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. The review can be read by clicking HERE.

Allow me to begin by thanking all AUC faculty for their patience during the current grant cycle. Following our announced two-week delay due to the September strike, there was another, unexpected delay as the Associate Provost for Research Administration was trapped in New York by Hurricane Sandy.

As always, the following list includes faculty grants only. Graduate student grants are now handled exclusively by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Dr. Shaarawi’s office for news about the status of applications for Graduate Student Grants.

My office will process the checks for the following grants as quickly as we can, but please allow some time for this to happen, since there is a very heavy workload for my assistant (Nancy Wadie) once the grant decisions are made. If you have not yet provided a letter of acceptance from the conference for which you have received a grant, no check will be issued until we receive such a letter.

If you see any typographical or other errors, or if you believe yourself to be wrongly missing from this list, please contact me immediately at gharman@aucegypt.edu.



BUS (School of Business)

*Hala El-Ramly (ECON). San Diego, CA, USA. January 2013.

*Mohamad al-Issis (ECON). Beirut, Lebanon. December 2012.

*Maha Mourad (MGMT). Tallinn, Estonia. November 2012.

*Dina Rateb (MGMT). Barcelona, Spain. November 2012.

*Pierre Rostan (MGMT). Cape Town, South Africa. November 2012.

*Tarek Selim (ECON). Pittsburgh, PA, USA. May-June 2012.

*Samir Youssef (MGMT). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). Ifrane, Morocco. November 2012.

*Ronnie Close (JRMC). Brighton, UK. October 2012.

*Mohamed Elmasry (JRMC). Atlanta, USA. November 2012.

*Shems Friedlander (JRMC). London, UK. October 2012.


GSE (Graduate School of Education)

*Gihan Osman (GSE). Louisville, KY, USA. October-November, 2012.

*Stacie Rissmann-Joyce. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. March 2013.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Ashraf Abdou (ALI). Madrid, Spain. September 2012.

*Ebony Coletu (RHET). San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2012.

*Matthew Crippen (PHIL). Calgary, AB, Canada. October 2012.

*Sayyed Daifallah (ALI). Denver, CO. November 2012.

*Ibrahim Elnur (POLS). Japan. November 2012.

*Sophie Farag (ELI). Liverpool, UK. April 2013.

*Atta Gebril (ELI). Dubai, UAE. November 2012.

*Allana Haist (RHET). Belfast, Northern Ireland. November 2012

*Rasha Hassan (ALI). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Azza Hassanein (ALI). Denver, CO. November 2012.

*Ivan Ivekovic (POLS). Japan. November 2012.

*Ellen Kenney (ARIC). New York, USA. October 2012.

*Sanaa Makhlouf (ELI). Dallas, USA. March 2013.

*Mark Mikhael (RHET). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.

*Amy Motlagh (ECLT). Istanbul, Turkey. August 2012.

*Bernard O’Kane (ARIC). New York, USA. October 2012.

*Jee-Kwang Park (POLS). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.

*Julia Seibert (HIST). Philadelphia, USA. November-December 2012.

*Bonnie Settlage (SAPE). Lima, Peru. March 2013.

*Surti Singh (PHIL). Rochester, NY, USA. November 2012.

*Mohammed Tabishat (SAPE). San Francisco, USA. November 2012.

*Adam Talib (ARIC). Portland, OR, USA March 2013.

*Timothy Warren (RHET). Doha, Qatar. November 2012.

*Mark Westmoreland (SAPE). Canberra, Australia. December 2012.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). Bali, Indonesia. November 2012.

*Hassan Azzazy (CHEM). Venice, Italy. October 2012.

*Florin Balasa (CSCE). Chonqin, China. October 2012.

*Gregg De Young (MACT). Rohtak, India. November 2012.

*Samer Ezeldin (CANG). Melbourne, Australia. December 2012.

*Justin Grubich (BIOL). San Francisco, USA. January 2013.

*Maki Habib (MENG). Daejeon, South Korea. January-February 2013.

*Wael Hassan (CANG). Pittsburgh, PA, USA. May 2013.

*Hoda Mostafa (CLT). Orlando, FL, USA. January 2013.

*Mohamed Moustafa (CSCE). Ouro Preto, Brazil. August 2012.

*Khaled Nassar (CANG). Copenhagen, Denmark. September 2012.

*Hanadi Salem (MENG). San Antonio, TX, USA. March 2013.



BUS (School of Business)

*Iman Seoudi (MGMT). “Toward Venture Capital Policy Framework in the New Egypt.” Cairo. October 2012-December 2013.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). “Darfur Political Economy: A Quest for Development.” Cairo. June-October 2012.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Aissa Deebi (Arts). “The Pavilion of Palestine in Venice Biennale 55.” Venice, Italy. September 2012-June 2013.

*Amy Austin Holmes. (SAPE) “The Specter of the Arab Spring: Popular Uprisings, Sectarian Strife, and Civil Military Relations in Egypt and Bahrain.” London, UK & Manama, Bahrain. January 2013.

*Sam Haselby (HIST). “The Impact of the Opium Trade and China Missions on Anglo-American Protestantism.” Cambridge, MA. December 2012-January 2013.

*Jee-Kwang Park (POLS). “Crime, Fear of Crime Victimization, and Judicial Election.” Cambridge, MA and Cairo. October 2012-February 2013.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mina Abd-el-Malek (MACT). “Application of the Lie Group Method for Solving Boundary Value Problems.” Cairo. October 2012-July 2013.

*Ali Darwish (EENG). “Thermal and Linearity Analysis of GaN MMICs.” Cairo. October 2012-August 2013.

*Khaled El-Ayat (CSCE). “Cubesat Pico Satellite.” Cairo. September 2012-December 2013.

*Khalil Elkhodary (MENG). “Computational Modeling of Continuum Curvature Due to Inhomogeneous Deformations.” Cairo. October 2012-October 2013.

*Salah El-Sheikh (PHYS). “Preparation and Characterization of Pb-Ge-Te and Sn-Ge-Te Ferroelectric Low band Gap Semiconductor Alloys in Bulk and Thin Film States.” Cairo. June 2012-June 2013.

*Yasser Gadallah (EENG). “Towards an End-to-End Information Access: Investigating the Integration of Wireless Sensor Networks and Broadband Wireless Access Networks.” Cairo. November 2012-August 2013.

*Justin Grubich (BIOL). “Territory Size and Growth Rates in the Red Sea Lionfish (Pterois miles).” El Gouna, Egypt. October 2012-September 2013.

*Mohamed Swillam. (PHYS). “Novel Nanophotonic Devices.” Toronto, Canada. November 2012-October 2013.

*El Sayed M. Zanoun (MENG). “Interior and Exterior Flow Field Investigations for Compartment of a Passenger Car.” Cairo. January 2013-December 2013.



GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Allison Hodgkins (PPAD). “Keeping the King’s Peace: The 1994 Wadi Araba Treaty and Jordan’s National Interest.” Amman, Jordan. December 2012-January 2013.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). “Annual ABET Assessment Symposium.” Portland, OR, USA. April 2013.



SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Basil Kamel (CANG). “Integrating the Nile in Urban Development.” Cairo and Nile Delta, Egypt. Spring 2013.

*Magda Mostafa (CANG). “Sustainable Interventions in Urban Cairo.” Cairo. November 2012.

Tarek Selim

February 13th, 2011

Tarek Selim, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, is quoted extensively in a February 6, 2011 New York Times article on steel magnate Ahmed Ezz. The article can be read by clicking HERE.

early December, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


For this week’s profile I spoke with Professor Edward Smith of the Department of Construction Engineering. In 2003, he was honored as the first-ever winner of AUC’s Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. As most of the AUC community knows, Professor Smith works on an issue of vital importance to all living creatures: water. Thales of Miletus, the earliest of the ancient Greek philosophers and scientists, claimed that water is the root of everything that exists. It is certainly the root of the entire interview that follows, in which Professor Smith manages to explain some fairly technical water-related issues in impeccably clear language. He shares his thoughts on the major sources of local water contamination, the still unknown benefits of bottled water as opposed to tap water, and also touches briefly on his maverick views about global warming. From stormwater to seawater, he gives us a miniature encyclopedia of his topic. As a bonus, we also hear briefly about how Professor Smith and his then-pregnant wife narrowly missed being trapped by the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Q: From 1988-1990 you were on the faculty at Kuwait University. Was that your first connection with the Middle East? And if so, what interested you about Kuwait?

A: It was my first first-hand connection. I had several graduate student colleagues at the University of Michigan and later as a part-time faculty member at SMU (Southern Methodist University in Dallas) from North Africa and the Gulf, and they encouraged me to consider opportunities in the Middle East. I had a very positive experience in Nigeria earlier in my single days before obtaining the PhD, so I was open to the idea. In fact I was considering returning to Nigeria, but the situation there had deteriorated considerably by the time I finished the PhD, and there were no openings of interest. Moreover, going overseas to work would be different now because I was married, but my wife was actually intrigued by the idea of going to a place like Kuwait. Her father had served in the Gulf in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s and had a number of duties that required him to operate in Kuwait, so he was positive about the possibilities. When I interviewed for the position and later received an offer, I felt like they were excited about my joining their institution, and there was opportunity for me to grow academically with a relatively young graduate program in environmental engineering.

Q: On August 2, 1990, Kuwait was invaded. Were you present for that event, or had you already left for Texas? And if you had already left, I wonder whether your friends still in Kuwait kept you posted about what was happening.

A: We look back on this as a God thing. My wife and I had planned to be there during that summer… I was mobilizing a new research project, and my wife was approaching the last trimester of pregnancy with our second child and we had a doctor there that we trusted (our first was born during our first year in Kuwait), so it seemed prudent to “stay put.” However, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer in late spring. After much deliberation and prayer, we decided that we needed to go for a visit (to the U.S.). We left in early July and were required to return to Kuwait on August 7th (airlines restrict travel beyond the 7th month of a pregnancy). As you mentioned, the invasion occurred on August 2nd, just five days before we were due to return to Kuwait. Based on the stories we heard from friends who were “holed up” over a period of about 4-5 months, it is hard to think about what it may have been like for us…and especially my wife, almost 2-year old son, and the second about to be born. When we left in early July, we had no idea what was ahead… Someone was looking out for us!

Q: Let’s turn now to your research. In 2003 you were the first-ever winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Many people on campus know this, and also know that you work on water issues. But they might not understand the exact nature of your work. So let’s start with your United States patent, granted in 1997, for a “Method and Apparatus for Treatment of Contaminated Water Using Recycled Shot Blast Fines.” Can you explain to untrained laypeople like me what a “recycled shot blast fine” is?

A: “Shot blast fines” are degraded steel shot (small steel pellets fired from a type of “gun”) used to polish the rough edges of metal parts after they come out of cast iron molds in foundry plants. The process results in a residual that includes the broken steel shots in addition to iron fines that are removed from the produced parts. Plants were typically disposing of the material as a solid waste. At that time I was reading a lot about iron oxides as a potential material for removing pollutants like heavy metals from water for purification. This looked like a possibility to use a waste product as a (very) low-cost treatment material. After several years of research we were able to identify the appropriate modes of application and ranges of operating parameters, and thus define the process.

Q: Before turning to your other research, I have another question that may be of interest to everyone. We all drink water, and all use tap water to some extent. What are the most common dangerous contaminants that threaten drinking water supplies around the world, and especially in Egypt?

A: As I tell my students, when you talk about “dangerous contaminants,” you have to divide them into two categories based on the nature of the “danger” or “toxicity.” First, there are those substances that promote what we call “acute toxicity,” i.e., a near-term, intense, adverse impact from exposure. The common example is contamination of drinking water by coliforms or other pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Even a few bacteria can cause severe symptoms and even death. Then there is “chronic toxicity” which is usually characterized by long-term exposure to contaminants at relatively low concentrations. Adverse health symptoms may not appear for years, and then finally manifest themselves as cancerous tumors or the like. A common example here is exposure to low levels of chlorinated organic chemicals that are byproducts of chlorine disinfection of drinking water. We still read of coliform outbreaks around the world from time to time. More common are outbreaks of cholera or water-borne strains of hepatitis. Occurrence of biological pathogens is still reported in small villages in Egypt. However, these are uncommon in the larger towns and cities due to high levels of chlorine disinfection. Our research on water quality has identified elevated levels of chlorinated organics in Cairo drinking water, i.e., a chronic toxicity issue.

Q: The vast spread of bottled drinking water has come under criticism both as needless, and as an environmental hazard in its own right with all the new plastic waste being generated. What is your view of this issue? Should we all simply drink tap water instead of buying “pure” bottled water on a regular basis?

A: Aside from the presence of chlorinated organics noted above, Cairo tap water meets all other drinking water standards (local and international). Bottled water is a bit of an unknown due to the large number of products on the market, and it is still unclear to me to what extent products of this nature undergo some sort of standardized quality control testing in this country that can assure consumers of product safety. Moreover, we go through a lot of drinking water in my household; therefore I find bottled water both expensive and a hassle. As a result, we use tap water with a point-of-use treatment device to remove chlorinated organics (and the chlorine to improve taste). This has been a good approach for our household.

Q: To the average observer, Cairo simply seems to grow and grow over the years. Yet Egypt is a desert country. How much more growth do you think is sustainable in a country like this one that relies largely on a single river for its water needs?

A: Water is not the only limiting resource to sustainable growth, although it is indeed a major one. I am not in a position to predict a numerical limit to growth based on water, but I believe Egypt could sustain considerably more growth provided: (1) that growth is reasonably distributed (versus concentrated in one or a few locations); (2) resources other than the Nile (such as groundwater, treated wastewater, and seawater) are prudently mobilized and managed; (3) better water-demand and water-use management, including conservation, is implemented throughout the country, especially in agriculture; and, (4) the international agreements regulating Nile flows to Egypt are sustainable.

Q: You have also done some work on removing heavy metals from water, such as lead. Personally, I didn’t realize this was so easily possible. Are there really ways to remove almost any sort of contaminant, or can some water become so badly polluted that it is a lost cause?

A: Technologies exist to remove pretty much any pollutant to standards for most water use requirements. The issue is often: are we willing to pay for it? Much current research in treatment technologies is devoted to finding ways to reduce both capital and running costs of specific processes. A good example of this is the research and development on membrane processes for treating seawater or other waters and wastewaters with high concentrations of dissolved salts.

Q: Did the water issues specific to Egypt require special study and training when you arrived at AUC, or were they the same sorts of issues you were already familiar with from the United States and Kuwait?

A: In general, the issues are similar worldwide. Nevertheless, during my first few years in Egypt I spent a lot of time talking to people in many sectors to get a feel for the issues that people were most concerned with here. To some extent my previous research interests got redirected, because as an engineer I am ultimately concerned with addressing recognized needs or problems (and finding topics that someone is willing to fund!). The challenge was to be sure that I could address a “new” problem from existing strengths and knowledge while acquiring new expertise along the way as needed.

Q: Presumably you could have done government work. You have also done a fair amount of water consulting for corporations such as Texas Instruments and a few construction contractors. Why do you prefer an academic career to full-time government or consulting work?

A: I like the learning environment; therefore studying, laboratory research, learning new ideas and trying to put them into practice, communicating what I learn through teaching and writing – all the things we do in the university – fits both my skill set and my vocational aspirations. I also enjoy the energy of young people. As I grow older, I have derived increasing fulfillment from the opportunity to pass on to the next generation what I have/am learning and see them go on and succeed. Finally, I like the flexibility that an academic position affords.

Q: Are any of your ideas about water treatment sufficiently controversial to put you in the minority in your field?

A: I have noted that too often engineering decisions are made on the basis of “tradition” or “experience” rather than on good science. While experience is certainly a valuable input, I have found that expending some resources and effort to do some research to really understand a problem before designing a solution can save a lot of expense in the long run, not to mention resulting in a solution that really works. Another issue where I am probably in the minority – although not directly related to water treatment – is my view on global warming and its alleged link to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. I simply cannot find the data to support the claims of global warming and the associated exorbitant expenditures of money and political capital and economic encumbrance, especially when we have real and well-documented environmental problems that should be addressed. To me, it is another in a long line of instances of politicized science / bad science.

Q: One of your articles that sounded especially interesting to me was about stormwater. Is stormwater really a significant source of water in many cities? (I realize we don’t have many rainstorms in Egypt.)

A: Most of the research (including my own) related to stormwater in cities is not about harnessing it as a water source. It is about controlling stormwater flows to limit property and other economic damage or about managing / controlling the diverse and substantial quantities of pollutants that may be associated with stormwater in urban areas. The urban built environment is largely concrete and asphalt…i.e., the water has “nowhere to go.” Thus there is a very large volume of “overland” water generated in a short period of time that has to be captured and disposed to natural waterways. The overland flow in an urban environment picks up pollutants not normally present in those natural waters. These are the primary motivations for stormwater research. For obvious reasons it is not a major area of research in Egypt.

Q: Many non-experts might wonder why we can’t solve the water problems of the world more easily with seawater. We’ve all heard that desalination is costly or inefficient, but what exactly is the problem?

A: You have hit on the primary issue….economics. As noted in an earlier question, the cost of treating seawater is continually on the decline. However, as long as there is another source of water of sufficient quantity for which the total cost of supply (including treatment and transport) is less, then the public will understandably opt for the more cost-effective option. There are some parts of the world, such as the Gulf, where the demand and cost-benefit analysis favor the use of seawater. The use of seawater is becoming part of the overall water management plan in other parts of the world as well (for example, Western Australia). I expect this to increase given the current trends.

Q: Some futurologists predict a grim future of “water wars” between various countries as populations increase and water supplies decrease. How frightened should we be?

A: There are already some conflicts past and present that have included disputes over water rights. Egypt is in a peculiar situation given that so much of our water resource requirements are served by the Nile, and yet the Nile flows in Egypt are generated entirely outside of its borders. Water diplomacy will no doubt become a more vital part of the international portfolio of many nations in the future. How frightened should we be of water wars? Probably no more frightened than we would be of wars fought over other issues. I will let the reader decide whether that is comforting or disturbing!

(as reported by the faculty members)

Tarek Selim, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, held a seminar on “Energy, Environment and Sustainability: The Case of Egypt” as part of the AUC School of Business, Department of Economics seminar series. The purpose of the seminar was to summarize Dr. Selim’s recent edited book publication Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives, Adonis and Abbey Publishers (UK), July 2009. The seminar focused on Egypt’s energy policy including the potential for nuclear energy and other alternative energy sources. Professor Selim was also invited to be a main speaker for the INSEAD-based Blue Ocean Strategy at Saudi Arabia MILE (Madina Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship), Madinah, Saudi Arabia, in January 2010 in Knowledge Economic City. His contribution will be part of the PALM program (Program for Advanced Leadership and Management), which is a Middle East initiative for executive development and training for junior and senior business executives with strong entrepreneurship potential. Finally, Professor Selim was chosen to be member of the faculty network for Harvard Business for Educators, Harvard Business School, as part of his faculty affiliation to Harvard University’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Dr. Selim will be introducing a new graduate course on economics of competitiveness at AUC starting Spring 2010 based on the Harvard-AUC affiliation program.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

2 invited lectures
1 journal article
1 book chapter
1 essay
1 short story

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Gretchen McCullough, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

• Short story, “Al-Tha’lab Wal Mozare.” Arabic translation of McCullough’s English story “The Fox and the Farmer.” Translated by Mohamed Metwalli with Gretchen McCullough. Nizwa. Oman: Fall 2009, Issue 60, pp. 216-219.

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC)

•Invited lecture, “The Islamic Architecture of Iran: The Triumph of Colour.” Delivered November 17 to the Iran Society at the Royal Geographical Society lecture hall, and again on November 18 at King’s College, Cambridge University.

•Journal article, “Reconciliation or Estrangement? Colophon and Paintings in the TIEM Ẓafarnāma and Some Other Controversial Manuscripts,” Muqarnas 26 (2009), pp. 205-227.

Steffen Stelzer, Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Sufismus und Vernunft.” In Lidwina Meyer (ed.), Die unbekannte Seite des Islam. Rollen und Positionen des Sufismus, pp. 27-41. Rehberg-Loccum.

John Verlenden, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Essay, “Why Hard Travel?” in both English and Arabic. Meena 3. (New Orleans/Alexandria.) November 2009.

early October, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


Beginning with this issue, the Faculty Bulletin will take on an expanded role in promoting the work of AUC faculty. In order to make each issue of the Bulletin more of an “event,” we are shifting from a weekly to a bi-weekly format.

Now as always, the Bulletin is the perfect place to announce research activities. AUC faculty members are warmly encouraged to send updates of their research activities to Samah Abdel Geleel at samah@aucegypt.edu. (Note that submissions may be subject to editing and/or reformatting.)

In addition to publications, the Bulletin will list other news of faculty accomplishments: membership on international committees, editorship of journals, and other professional activities. We will also announce academic conferences and creative endeavors hosted by AUC.

Last but not least, we will be adding what is likely to be a popular feature of the new Bulletin: a profile in each issue of one of our faculty members, including an interview. If you would like to nominate someone to be the subject of one of these features, please send email to Graham Harman at gharman@aucegypt.edu.

The goal of this new version of the Bulletin is to increase faculty awareness of the activities of our peers, and thereby to help energize research, teaching, and service activities on campus. There is much to be proud of in the work of AUC faculty, and the new Bulletin seeks to make our faculty more internally and externally visible than before.

We will start with our new feature: the Faculty Profile. Faculty news and a list of publications can be found further down.


As the subject of our first profile we spoke with Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, who has been with AUC in various capacities since 1995. Salima is a native of Lahore, Pakistan. A visit to Egypt in early childhood hooked her for life on the mysteries of the Egyptian past. She was educated primarily at Bryn Mawr College and Cambridge University, with a year in between as a Study Abroad student here at AUC. Salima is a powerhouse of productivity, with ten authored or edited scholarly books and six books for children, along with dozens of articles and conference presentations. She has also appeared in a staggering number of television specials and documentary films (since Egyptology is a beloved field around the world, after all). Among other honors, she was the 2007 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Salima is also known around campus for a friendly personality and an excellent sense of humor. For all of these reasons, she seemed like an ideal candidate to launch our new Faculty Profiles series with the following interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Q: Egyptology is a dream profession for many young people, but only a few pursue it as a career. What made you stick with it?

A: So many people I meet say that they wanted to be Egyptologists when they were little, but then they grew out of it (or reality hit). I guess I never quite grew up.

Q: It is said that you became fascinated by Egypt on a visit to this country at the age of nine. Can you tell us what sites and monuments fascinated you the most at such an early age?

A: We were only in Egypt for a very short time. One of the things we did was to go inside Khufu’s Pyramid. The Pyramids are magnificent from the outside, especially being set within the desert, far from the city. But it was the internal space that was compelling. The long, steep corridor that seemed to go on forever and the massiveness of the building made a strong impression on me (as did the smell). Then, when we went to the Egyptian Museum there was all the glamour of Tutankhamun, but what really got to me was the painted pair statue of Rahotep and Nofret. They looked so real that I felt these were the people I needed to know about and this was the culture that I wanted to study.

Q: So, you really did know for sure from age nine that this is what you wanted to do with your life?

A: Before age nine I had wanted to be an historian: ancient Egypt and the Minoan world were the most interesting to me. Visiting Egypt tipped the balance.

Q: So we should feel lucky that your family didn’t take you to Crete instead! Shifting topics, your record suggests that you are also qualified to be the curator of a museum or a full-time archaeologist. Why do you prefer a teaching position in a university as the best way to pursue your work?

A: As a professor one has a more varied life and it is also in many ways more stimulating. A classroom of good students challenges and stretches my own ideas of ancient Egypt, and the interaction helps all of us to learn better. Also, now that I have been teaching for awhile, there is the pleasure and pride in having students who have gone through, done their Ph.D.’s, and are now in their turn working as Egyptologists. It is a bit like passing on the torch. It is also nice to be in touch with students who do not continue in the field and to feel linked to them, their other jobs, and their lives. Teaching also provides more flexibility than other jobs: I still curate parts of collections, and dig. Moreover, I can involve my students in museology and excavation. This enriches their lives and mine, and is beneficial to the museums. Plus, I like having summer holidays in which to do research and write.

Q: You are the author or co-author of ten scholarly books and six books for children. Large parts of the educated public have a fondness for Egyptology, but might not know where to start reading your work. Which of your books would be the most accessible for the lay reader who wants to know what you’re doing?

A: I would suggest my children’s books, until the end of this year. Then, inshallah, people can read my latest work, published by Cambridge University Press, Ancient Egypt: An Introduction.

Q: What is the biggest unresolved controversy in Egyptology at the moment?

A: There are several unresolved controversies ranging from the precise ramp method used to build the Pyramids, the religious beliefs of Djedefre, the line of succession following the death of Akhenaten, and the burial place of most of the queens and some of the kings of the New Kingdom.

Q: Everyone is fascinated by hieroglyphics, but also somewhat intimidated by them. How hard is it to learn to read hieroglyphics? Does it take many years to master them?

A: Yes. Initially they are relatively straightforward, particularly if one restricts oneself to the basic formulae. After that, it gets harder.

Q: You have taken a special interest in animal mummies. This topic has an obvious appeal, but perhaps you could say more about what drew you to it.

A: I was interested in animals, as well as mummies. As a child one of my favorite displays in the Cairo Museum was the room of flora and fauna. It combined natural history with Egyptology. As an adult I found that the room had been shut down and the mummies needed attention, so I started the animal mummy project. This has developed into a larger interest than I had first imagined it would be. It sheds light on the ancient environment, the Egyptians’ view of the natural world, religious ideas, information about eating habits, trade, technology, and disease.

Q: You have also taken a special interest in the food of the ancient Egyptians. The average reader of this interview might wonder: how can we really know what they ate so long ago? Is this determined primarily through illustrations in tombs, through written texts, or in some other way?

A: Ancient food can be problematic, since it gets eaten. Two- and three-dimensional representations, texts, and the remains of actual food (mummified, dried, from middens [ancient rubbish dumps] or from coprolites [old fecal matter]) help flesh out the picture. But now isotopic analysis of human bone and tissue can also fill in the gaps.

Q: If for some reason you decided to retire from your career right now, which of your accomplishments in Egyptology so far would make you the most proud? Or if this is too embarrassing to answer, tell us which of your discoveries your professional colleagues would call the most interesting.

A: That depends on whom you ask. I am thrilled by the work we are doing in the Kharga Oasis, discovering parts of truly “lost” history, and also by the reinstallation of the animal mummy room.

Q: Tell us a bit about your work in the Kharga Oasis.

A: The northern part of the Kharga Oasis had never been properly explored. On a visit there, Corinna Rossi and I found that it contained some extraodinary Roman forts. We decided to give the north of the oasis its due, and thus the North Kharga Oasis Survey was born. We are currently working on a major publication of our results. We have found the remains of ancient caravan routes, forts, temples, early churches, farmhouses, pigeon towers, elaborate underground aqueducts, small settlements, tombs, pharaonic inscriptions, prehistoric settlements, and a plethora of rock art during the course of our work. Almost none of these things had never been noted before.

Q: After graduating from Bryn Mawr, you spent a year at AUC in 1985-86 in the Year Abroad Program. At the time, did you ever think you might return here as a faculty member?

A: Not at all, although I knew I would always have ties to AUC as long as my professors Fayza Haikal and Kent Weeks were associated with the University.

Q: Anyone looking at your c.v. would be amazed by the number of different activities in which you are involved. Can you give us any tips for how to do so much?

A: Not having much of a life outside of work. Luckily, my work is lots of fun (except for the administrative aspects), so it is not such a terrible thing.

Q: If you weren’t doing Egyptology, what else would you like to do instead? (But perhaps this is an impossible question for someone who was set on Egyptology as a nine-year-old!)

A: A few years ago I would not have been able to answer the question. Now, I would like to learn to mix herbal remedies, cook a greater variety of things, and write fiction. And do Egyptology.


Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication spent March and April in the United States where she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Maki K. Habib, Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been named Guest Chief Editor for special issues of two international journals. For the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, the special issue is entitled “Human Adaptive Mechatronics: Robotics, Sensing, and Intelligence.” For The International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the special issue is entitled “Robotics for Risky Interventions and Environmental Surveillance.” Both issues will be published during 2010.

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science has been elected as Editor-in-Chief of the International Statistical Review (ISR). For details see: http://www1.aucegypt.edu/newsatauc/News/MainStory/AliHadi.html

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy was an invited guest at a book series launch party on September 25 at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. The “MétaphysiqueS” series at Presses Universitaires de France will begin in early November with works by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and the late Étienne Souriau, and will publish Harman’s book L’objet quadruple in 2010.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

2 books
1 book contract
2 edited volumes
7 book chapters
15 journal articles
6 publications in conference proceedings
2 creative works
3 other publications
8 invited lectures
5 conference presentations

School of Business (SoB)

Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Karl Rich, Assistant Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “What can Africa contribute to global meat demand: Opportunities and constraints,” Outlook on Agriculture, September issue (Vol. 38, No. 3).

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “Real Strategic Pricing: A Game in Market Economics,” Journal of Business and Economics Research, Volume 7, 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Energy Analysis in Indian Household Consumption,” The Energy Journal, Volume 30, Number 3, July 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Moral Capitalism,” Review of Social Economy, Volume 66, Number 1, March 2009.

•Journal article, “On the Economic Feasibility of Nuclear Power Generation in Egypt,” Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, Working Paper Series, No. 143, 2009.

•Journal article, with J. Salevurakis, “Social Consensus and Economic Behavior,” Development Journal, Society for International Development (forthcoming March 2010).

•Conference proceedings, “The Case of Egyptian Food Processing Industry: Formalization versus Informalization within the Nation’s Food Security Policy,” Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Annual Conference, Chicago: Illinois, May 2009.

•Conference proceedings, “Market Competitiveness and Economic Policy: Methodology and Prospects for Business Development”, Dubai Economic Council, 2009, Dubai, UAE (Seminar).

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives. (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Hamed M. Shamma, Assistant Professor of Marketing (Heikal Dept. of Management)

•Book chapter, “A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective for Measuring Corporate Brand Equity: Linking Corporate Brand Equity with Corporate Performance.” In Contemporary Thoughts on Corporate Branding and Corporate Identity Management, T.C. Melewar and Elif Karaosmanoglu (eds.). Pages 23-46. (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.)

•Conference proceedings, “A Comprehensive Approach to Brand Equity: Integrating Product and Corporate Brand Equity into Total Brand Equity Measurement,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Society for Marketing Advances, November 2009 Annual Conference.

•Conference proceedings, “Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Corporate Reputation: A Stakeholder Approach,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Association for Global Business, Twenty First International Conference, November 2009 (forthcoming).

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Catarina Belo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

•Journal article, “Some Considerations on Averroes’ Views regarding Women and their Role in Society,” Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford, 2009, 20, 1-20).

Amanda Fields, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Blog discussion of her previously published essay in Brevity 30, http://brevity.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/chipping-toward-the-center-the-art-of-brevity/

Emily Golson, Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Edited volume, Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. E. Golson and T. Glover (eds.). (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.)

•Book chapter, “The Geometry of Composition: Linear and Nonlinear Thinking in Print and Hypertext Essays.” In Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. (Details in the preceding entry.)

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Interview with Graham Harman.” In Paul Ennis (ed.), Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews. (Winchester, UK: Zero Books, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book chapter, “Response to Shaviro,” following Steven Shaviro’s article “The Actual Volcano: Whitehead, Harman, and the Problem of Relations.” In L. Bryant, N. Srnicek, G. Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. (Melbourne: re.press, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book contract, Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, forthcoming 2010.)

Gretchen McCullough, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Creative work, presented short story “The True Story of Fresh Springs.” Fiction workshop at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania July 19-August 4. Also presented the essay “Bad Boys at Bower’s Park” to a non-fiction workshop.

•Creative work, short story “The Wedding Guest.” Storyglossia, Issue 35.http://www.storyglossia.com/35/gm_wedding.html. Interview, http:www.storyglossia.com/blog/2009/09

William D. Melaney, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

•Conference paper, “Ricoeur’s Transcendental Concern: A Hermeneutics of Discourse,” at the Fifty-Ninth International Conference on Phenomenology. University of Antwerp, Belgium (July 8-10, 2009).

•Journal article, “Sartre’s Postcartesian Ontology: On Negation and Existence,” Analecta Husserliana CIV, pages 37-54 (forthcoming 2009).

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC)

•Book, The Appearance of Persian on Islamic Art. (New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 2009.)

•Book chapter, “Ayyubid Architecture in Cairo.” In Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld (eds.) (London, 2009), pp. 423-34.

Lisa Sabbahy, Assistant Professor of Egyptology (Dept. of SAPE)

•Book, Anthropoid Clay Coffins, Catalogue General of Egyptian Antiquities in the Cairo Museum. (Cairo: SCA Press, 2009.)

Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Raum und Natur im Design von Hassan Fathy” (in German). In Inszenierung und Ereignis, R. Bohn and H. Wilharm (eds.), pages 349-370. (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2009.)

•Conference proceedings, “Sacred and Secular Space in the Art of Caspar David Friedrich and Edward Hopper: On Existence and Solitude in German Romanticism and American Modernity.” In Congress Book II (Selected Papers of the XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics), Jale Erzen (ed.), pages 313-322. (Ankara: Turkish Sanart Association for Aesthetics and the Faculty of Architecture.)

•Invited lecture, “Max Weber and Asian Civilization.” Opening address to the 6th Asian Philosophy Association in Jakarta, Indonesia. November 10th, 2009.

Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT)

Amanda Click, Instruction and Reference Librarian

•Conference Paper, ““Help Us Help Them: Instruction Training for LIS Students and New Librarians.” LOEX Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (30 April – 2 May 2009).

•Workshop, Association of College and Research Libraries’ Immersion program, an intensive information literacy workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida (26 – 30 July 2009).

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Prof. and Graduate Director, Journalism and Mass Comm.

•Conference paper, “Measuring Public Opinion in Egypt: The Case of the Information and Decision Support Center’s Public Opinion Poll Center.” Advances in Audience and Consumer Measurement Conference, Miami, Florida.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging and Social Change in the Arab world.” Health Communication and Communication Technology and Society Group, Prof. Sandra Ball-Rokeach. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging as an Institution in the Arab World.” For Prof. Thomas Goodnight’s doctoral seminar on “Macro Theories of Communication: The Economy of Attention.” University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Online News Media and the Recent Mideast Conflict.” For Prof. Philip Seib’s class. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Media Systems in the Arab World: How Free Is the Information Flow.” Invitation from Dean Lynn Turner. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Communication, Conflict, and Middle East Cultures.” For Prof. James Scotton’s class. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Non-Verbal Communication in the Arab World.” For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on Non-Verbal Communication.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “How the Western Media Cultivates the Arab Image. For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on “Communication Theory.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

Christine Eleanor Anderson, Associate Professor of Law

•Journal article, Christine Anderson and Foluke Akinmoladun, “Climate Change, Water and Society in the MENA Region: A Legal and Policy Perspective,” Penn State Environmental Law Review (2010).

Laila El Baradei, Associate Dean of SPA and Visiting Professor of Public Administration

•Conference presentation, with Kathryn Newcomer and Heather Allen. “Improving Our Programs Through Assessing The Performance of Master of Public Administration Alumni.” The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) Annual Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development: Implications for Public Administration Education and Practice, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-8 August, 2009.

•Journal article, with Doha Abdel Hamid. “Reforming the Pay System for Government Employees in Egypt,” The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, ECES Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.151, June 2009.

Justin D. Martin, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

•Book chapter, “Leaving Iraqi refugees in the lurch.” In Introducing Issues with opposing viewpoints: human rights. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, forthcoming 2010.)

Science and Engineering (SSE)

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Journal article, A.S. Hadi, A.H.M. Imon, and M. Werner, “Detection of Outliers,” The Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 1, 57–70 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, A.S. Hadi and R. Minguez “Diagnostics for Nonlinear Regression,” Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 79, 1109–1128 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, C. Castillo, A.S. Hadi, and J.M. Sarabia, “Combined Regression Models,” Computational Statistics, 24, 37–66 (2009).

Mark Werner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Conference presentation, A. Kondylis, A.S. Hadi, and M. Werner, “The BACON Approach for Rank-Deficient Data,” 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Durban, South Africa, August 2009.


Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

Abstract: This paper consolidates the state of academic research on innovation. Based on a systematic review of literature published over the past 27 years, this paper synthesizes various research perspectives into a comprehensive multi-dimensional framework of organizational innovation– linking leadership, innovation as a process, and innovation as an outcome. We also suggest measures of determinants of organizational innovation and present implications for both research and managerial practice.

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Abstract: This paper considers factors affecting survival of foreign subsidiaries in the context of Japanese foreign equity ventures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Three new institutional variables, economic distance, economic freedom distance and subsidiary density, are examined as determinants of survival while controlling for other determinants previously established in the extant literature. The findings support our hypotheses. We found that economic distance and economic freedom distance exhibit significant positive and negative relationships respectively with the survival of Japanese FDI in the MENA region, and moderate positive relationship between subsidiary density and subsidiary survival.]

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Abstract: Pure environmentalism and pure resource exploitation can be integrated together to form an encompassing sustainability solution. This is the main message of this book based on an innovative “structure-concentration-incentives” methodology applied to Egypt. This methodology provides a basis for achieving environmental sustainability based on endogenous source-driven forces of change in contrast to the traditional effects-dominant oriented approach. Though the book’s methodology could be used as a framework of analysis in environmental sustainability research for any developing country, Egypt provides a rich case study because of its historical, socio-economic, and political constructs. Sustainable development is generally seen as a tradeoff between resource efficiency and social equity such that total resource essentials in society can become sustainable in the long run in a manner that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Environmental sustainability cannot be implemented without the direct inclusion of structure (form), concentration (effect), and incentives (drivers) as critical policy choices because: (1) they constitute a necessary condition in any country’s path towards sustainable development, (2) they must be implemented simultaneously as a target and constraint, and (3) they require social and political sacrifice complemented by endogenous-based systems in contrast to authoritarian solutions. Egypt, Energy and the Environment presents research on Egypt’s energy and environmental resources from multidisciplinary perspectives. It offers sustainability solutions to many of the country’s problems relating to energy, pollution, water, gender, wildlife, politics, economics, management, ecology, and information technology. The book’s method of analysis can be applied to other developing countries as well]