Nagwa Megahed, associate professor of comparative and international education, teaches and conducts research on educational reform (policy and practice) in Egypt, the MENA region and other developing countries. Megahed gained her rich academic and professional experience in teaching courses, conducting research and supporting education development projects through her work experience with Ain Shams University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Michigan State University. Since she joined AUC, Megahed has initiated and contributed to many institutional efforts for enhancing research and teaching capacities. For example, she is the principal investigator of the AUC first university-wide interdisciplinary educational research project, examining community-based learning for student citizenship. Megahed has extensive experience in large-scale grants and projects related to educational reform and teacher development. While being an assistant professor at Ain Shams University, she also worked as a program specialist for policy and action research; special advisor for School Quality Assurance and Accreditation; and senior technical advisor for Research and Evaluation at the USAID-Funded Egypt Education Reform Program (ERP), implemented in cooperation with Michigan State University and the Academy for Educational Development.
In addition, she is a recipient of the Fulbright Awards of 2009 and 2010, become one of a few scholars in the history of the Fulbright program who received a full grant renewal for a second year. Megahed serves on the Executive Committee of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), representing the Egyptian Society of Comparative Education and Educational Administration. Recently, she has been elected to the board of directors of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), where she also served as a co-chair of the CIES Middle East Special Interest Group. Megahed has published intensively on issues pertaining to educational policy and reform in local and global contexts and dynamics. Currently in press is her book, titled "Education During the Time of the Revolution in Egypt: Dialectics of Education in Conflict."
PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, Administrative and Policy Studies Department, 2004
Selected Refereed Publications and Creative Work
- Megahed, N. (Ed.). (In press, 2017). Education During the Time of the Revolution in Egypt: Dialectics of Education in Conflict. Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices Book Series. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.
- Megahed, N. et al. (2017). Integrating Effective Community-Based Learning Across Academic Disciplines for Student Citizenship at The American University in Cairo. Boundary Crossing and Community Integrative Research Initiative. The American University in Cairo.
- Megahed, N. (Ed.). (2016). Quality Education for All in Egypt, Global Development Goal Post-2015: Case Studies. Comparative and International Education Research Series. The American University in Cairo, Graduate School of Education.
- Megahed, N. (2015). The Pursuit of Democracy: Women’s Activism, Education and Gender Equity in Egypt and Tunisia. Pp. 119-139 in S. Majhanovich and R. Malet (Eds.). Building Democracy in Education on Diversity. Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.
- Megahed, N. (2015). Gender Equality and Equity in Egyptian Universities. Policy Brief. The Population Council-Egypt (in Arabic).
- Megahed, N. (2013). Baseline Study of the Graduate School of Education Programs: A Snapshot Evaluation. The American University in Cairo, Middle East Institute for Higher Education.
- Megahed, N. & Lack, S. (2013). Women’s Rights and Gender-Educational Inequality in Egypt and Tunisia: From Colonialism to Contemporary Revolution. Pp. 201-222 in D. Napier & S. Majhanovich (Eds.), Education, Dominance and Identity. Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.
- Megahed, N. and Otaiba, A. (2013). Comparative Education at Egyptian Universities. In C. Wolhuter, N. Popa, B. Leulwyler and K. Ermenc (Eds.). Comparative Education at Universities Worldwide. Bulgarian Comparative Education Society Press.
- Megahed, N. (2012). Diversity in Curricula in the Middle East. Pp. 694-697 in James A. Banks (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Megahed, N. et al. (2012). The Quest for Educational Quality in Egypt: Active-Learning Pedagogies as a Reform Initiative. Pp. 41-68 in C. Acedo, D. Admas, and S. Popa (Eds.), Quality and Qualities: Tensions in Education Reforms. Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.
- Megahed, N and Lack, S. (2011). Colonial Legacy, Women’s Rights, and Gender-Educational Inequality in the Arab World with Particular Reference to Egypt and Tunisia, International Review of Education, Vol. 57 (3), pp. 397-418.
- Ginsburg, M. and Megahed, N. (2011). Globalization and the Reform of Faculties of Education in Egypt: The Role of Individual and Organizational, National and International Actors. Educational Policy Analysis Archive Journal, Vol. 19 (15).