Professor of Nursing and Sociology and Dean Emerita

Generations of nurses throughout the world are changing the face of health care and empowering women to speak up, particularly women who are burdened by societal inequities, multiplicity of roles, differential compensation and rewards, and the gender divide. These nurses have one thing in common — Afaf I. Meleis is their mentor.

The internationally renowned nurse-researcher and medical sociologist has mentored hundreds of students and faculty from Egypt, where she was born, Thailand, Sweden, Korea, Colombia, the United States, and countless other countries. By helping these nurses develop and advance knowledge, they are driving changes in education, practice, research, policy, and care models in their countries and around the world.

Through her mentoring and research, Dr. Meleis advanced transitions theory, which focuses on assisting nurses in facilitating patients, families and communities healthy transitions. Her work has been translated globally into policy, research, and evidence-based practice.

“By giving voice to and empowering nurses and marginalized, invisible women we can achieve quality, evidence based and humanistic care for populations globally.”


PhD – University of California, Los Angeles – 1968 

MA – University of California, Los Angeles – 1966 

MS – University of California, Los Angeles – 1964 

BS – University of Alexandria, Egypt – 1961