Sep 14th, 2011 by sfs
Heba Raouf Ezzat is Lecturer of Political Theory at Cairo University and Visiting Lecturer at the American University in Cairo, in addition to currently serving as Visiting Senior Fellow at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Raouf received her Ph.D in Political Theory from Cairo University. She has previously served as a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), University of Westminster (UK) (1995-1996), the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (1998), and the Center for Middle East Studies, University of California-Berkeley (2010). Dr. Raouf has been the Academic Coordinator for Namaa, a youth and development initiative, since 2006, and she is co-founder and Head of the Board of Trustees of the Republican Consent (Tawafoq), an NGO committed to civic education, social crisis management, and media monitoring. Topics of publications and academic contributions include: changing maps of citizenship, global civil society, democratic transition and Islamism, urban and cyber sociology, and women in Islam.
Samer Shehata is an Assistant Professor of Arab Politics at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He teaches courses on Arab and Middle East politics, Islamist politics, Egyptian politics, U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, and other subjects. He has published widely in both academic and policy journals and his first book, Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt, was published in 2009 by the State University of New York Press (A Middle East edition was published by the American University in Cairo Press in 2010). He is also the editor of the forthcoming, Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge, 2012). Dr. Shehata has been interviewed by a wide range of media and has also testified before the United States Congress. He has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2009, he was selected as a Carnegie Scholar for his work on Islamist politics.