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Deina Rabie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago. After graduation, she taught English for a few years in the U.S., France, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Rabie then went on to pursue her Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on how Emirati women use English-medium higher education as a gateway channel for new forms of social and economic mobility in the United Arab Emirates’ expanding neoliberal knowledge economy.

Her areas of specialization include language and gender, semiotics, feminist anthropology, anthropology of infrastructure, media, digital ethnography, globalization, and neoliberalism in the Arabian Gulf, the Middle East at large, and Middle Eastern diasporas in the United States.

Recent Courses Taught

Principles of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Communication and Culture


Fulbright Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Grant
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Professional Affiliations

The American Anthropological Association
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology
The Middle East Studies Association
Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Chicago

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