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Rania Salem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of the fields of gender, family, economic sociology, international development, and the Middle East.
Her current research project is a mixed-methods study of the causes and consequences of high marriage costs in contemporary Egypt. As part of this project, she has investigated the cultural meanings associated with marriage expenditures, how labor market experiences affect marriage timing, whether the economic resources women bring to marriage give them greater bargaining power vis à vis husbands, and how high marriage costs motivate some young people to resort to secret marriages.
Professor Salem is currently involved in several other collaborative projects. One examines how Egyptian women’s performance of market and subsistence work affects dimensions of their agency. Another is a panel study investigating kin influences on young Qatari women’s transitions into the labor force.