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Mohamed SallamMohamed K. Sallam, Ph.D.

Expected Graduation: 2015
Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota

Previous Education

Areas of Interest


I am a second-year doctoral student in the CIDE program, a first generation Egyptian-American, and come from a family of educators. I became interested in international development education generally and the CIDE program in particular through my work at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. For the last seven years I have been the director of a student support program for African and African-American students and instructor in the History Department. Through participating, designing, and leading travel seminars throughout the United States, Egypt, and Nicaragua I have connected with development organizations at the local, regional, and national levels.

Between these experiences and my educational training, I have grown interested in the ways “subjects” of development projects and initiatives are represented in policy level discourse concerning “development,” primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. The CIDE program is a great fit for me because it provides the opportunity to engage in global debates surrounding development education both practically and theoretically.

In addition to my academic interests, I enjoy spending time with my partner Amina (CIDE Ph.D. student) and our two children Mohamed (7) and Salma (5), playing soccer, and for more than 20 years, hopelessly supporting the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball club.

Dissertation Topic

Examining the relationship between marriage and the promotion of girls’ education in rural Upper Egypt.


Sallam, M. K. (2013, March). Rationales for promoting girls’ education: making the case for alternative approaches in Egypt. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, LA.

Revised June 2015