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Loubna Skalli Hanna

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • My research and teaching focus on the politics of development, gender, youth, and communication in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). I have published in numerous academic journals including Gender and Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Journal of North African Studies, and Journal of Culture and Communication in the Middle East. I have contributed articles to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. I have two published books and have two forthcoming titles: Youth and Social Media in the Middle East (Columbia University Press), and Gender Politics Since the Arab Spring (UPNE/ Brandeis University Press). I served on the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair, “Women and their Rights”, and the Board of Directors of the Maghreb Center and I consulted with development agencies including World Learning, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. I was educated in Morocco, England, and the U.S., and received numerous awards and fellowships including the Fulbright Scholarship.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D (Fulbright Scholars Program), The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Essex University, England, Post-Graduate Diploma, Essex University, England; B.A., Mohamed V University, Morocco
  • Languages Spoken:

    Arabic, French, English and Spanish

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Professor Loubna Skalli Hanna's research and teaching are in the areas of development, communications and culture, with a particular focus on gender in the Middle East and North Africa.

Selected Publications


  • "Sun, Sea and Sex Scandal: Tourism and The Poverty of Justice" Article by Loubna Skalli Hanna, 28 August 2013 -8:55am:                                                                http://thinkafricapress.com/morocco/tourism-sex-scandal-and-poverty-justice
  • Moroccans confront child sex tourism, Aug 9, 2013: Aljazeera The Stream - Moroccans confront child sex tourism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAYOS1ES5tA

  • Legal loophole questioned after girl's death in Morocco, March 2012: Al Jazeera-Stream (03/22/2012); YouTube: http://castroller.com/podcasts/AlJazeera/2822919




Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • She's the First Award Celebrating Women in Leadership, November 2013
  • Dean’s Summer Research Award, School of International Service, American University, 2013
  • Faculty Research Award, School of International Service, American University, 2011
  • American University, International Faculty Research Travel Award, 2010
  • American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES) Grant, 2009
  • American University, School of International Service, Research Award, 2009
  • American University, School of International Service, Research Award, 2009
  • International Training Fellowship, Institute in Governance, Public Policy and Civil Society, Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Toledo, Spain, 2002
  • Fulbright Fellowship for International Scholars, 1996-2000
  • International Visitor Fellowship, Multiregional Exchange & Training Program on “Women in Development”, US State Department, 2003


Professional Presentations

  • The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades, Woodrow Wilson Center and American University-Washington DC, June 4-5, 2013.
  • The Confusing Diffusion of Civic Education among Middle Eastern Youth, International Studies Association conference, San Francisco April 1-6, 2013.
  • Contesting Narratives: Women, Youth and Politics from the Margins, The Shifting Dynamics of Power in North Africa and the Middle East, US Department of State, Washington DC. Feb 8, 2013.
  • Middle Eastern Youth Dying to Live: About Dignity and Other Human Rights, Arab Spring Symposium, American Uni. WCL, February 2012.
  • Maghreb Youth and Islamists: Aspirations, Demands, and Politicization, Rand Corporation, April 2012.
  • Young Women Redefining Citizenship in MENA , IDPSA, School of International Service, American University, 2012.
  • Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Communication in a Globalized World, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, DC, 2012.
  • Promises and Implications of the Arab Spring for Democratic Change, National War College, Washington, DC 2011.
  • The Arab (Revolution): What’s Next? Redefining the Role of Women Post-Revolution, Harvard University, 2011.
  • The Gender of Leadership: Which Message for Youth? Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad, Canada, 2011.

Congressional Testimony

  • “Political Reform and Women’s Status in Morocco,”  Congressional Hearing, U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Washington, D.C.: 2007

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