Rania Salem

Professor Salem received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2011. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, she joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2012. Her teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of the fields of gender, family, economic sociology, development and the Middle East. Her current research project, Economies of Courtship: Matrimonial Transactions and the Construction of Gender and Class Inequalities in Egypt, 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 a 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 intimate partner violence affects Egyptian women’s performance of market, subsistence, domestic, and care work. Another is a panel study investigating kin influences on young Qatari women’s transitions into the labor force.


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