Biographies Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson most recently served as President of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for five years, stepping down on January 1, 2016. Prior to her appointment as President, she was the University’s provost, a position she had assumed in 2008. As AUC provost, Dr. Anderson helped manage the transfer of all the University’s degree programs to the new purpose-built campus in New Cairo and presided over the establishment of three new schools—the School of Business, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Graduate School of Education—and the University’s first PhD program, in Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Anderson is Dean Emerita of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she led the school from 1997-2007. She was on the faculty of Columbia since 1986; prior to her appointment as Dean, she served as Chair of the Political Science Department and Director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute; she held the James T. Shotwell Chair in International Relations in the Political Science Department. Before coming to Columbia, she taught at Harvard University in the Government and Social Studies departments.

Selected Works at the Library of Congress