Rania Kassab Sweis

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Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology
Oriental Institute 225
Ph.D. Stanford University, 2011
Teaching at UChicago since 2022

Dr. Sweis’s research interests center on critical medical anthropology, global health and medical humanitarianism, transnational feminist theory, and the Middle East and North Africa region. Her first book, Paradoxes of Care: Children and Global Medical Aid in Egypt, (Stanford University Press, 2021) traces the experiences of vulnerable children in Egypt who receive global medical assistance and is based on over two consecutive years (2007-2009) of ethnographic research in Egypt. She is currently working on a second book project that extends these questions to focus on the politics of medical humanitarianism in the Syrian Civil War. In this project, she highlights the experiences and subjectivities of local healthcare workers who deliver aid under conditions of extreme crisis.  

Dr. Sweis’s research has garnered various awards and grants, including those from the Social Science Research Counsel, the Association for Feminist Anthropology, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society. Her publications have appeared in academic journals such as Medical Anthropology QuarterlyChildhood, The International Journal for Middle East Studies, and The Journal for Middle Eastern Women's Studies.

Affiliated Departments and Centers: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations