Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology


Brief Biography

Donald Cole is a professor emeritus of anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. He received a BA in 1963 from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in 1968 and PhD in 1971 from the University of California in Berkeley.

Cole is a social anthropologist and has conducted extensive field research in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He joined AUC in 1971 and retired in 2007.

  • "Road to Islam: From Texas to Saudi Arabia and Egypt", Riyadh: Riyadh Literary Society (2013). [In Arabic]

    “New Homes, New Occupations, New Pastoralism: Al Murrah Bedouin, 1968-2003,” in Dawn Chatty, ed., Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa: Entering the 21st Century, pp. 370-392, Leiden: Brill (2006)

    “Where Have the Bedouin Gone?” Anthropology Quarterly, 76 (2): 235-267 (2003)

    Bedouin, Settlers, and Holiday-Makers: Egypt’s Changing Northwest Coast, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, Soraya Altorki coauthor (1998)

Research Interest

Bedouin; development; socioeconomic change in Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Gulf, and Egypt; Islam and modern Arab society