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Academic Staff

Course Instructor - Dr. Dina Shehata (Academic Coordinator & Professor, Contemporary Egyptian Politics)
Dr. Dina Shehata is a senior researcher at al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies specializing in the study of Egyptian and Middle East politics with a special emphasis on the role of new social and youth movements in affecting change in the region. Dina holds a PhD in comparative Politics from Georgetown University, an Msc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and a BA in Middle East Politics from the American University in Cairo. She has published a number of books and articles in Arabic and in English. Her latest publications include the Fall of the Pharaoh (Foreign Affairs, May/June 2011), Youth Movements and the 25 January Revolution (Strategic Papers, April 2011), the Return of Politics: New Protest Movements in Egypt (Al Ahram center for Political and Strategic Studies, 2010) and Islamists and Secularists in Egypt: Opposition, Conflict and Cooperation (Routledge, 2009).

In addition to Dr. Shehata, there will be a number of special lectures and discussions led by leading political figures and academics from a variety of disciplines. Including:
Ibrahim El Houdaiby
Ibrahim El Houdaiby is a senior researcher at House of Wisdom Center for Strategic Studies. A graduate of the American University in Cairo (2005), he holds a B.A. in Political Science and is currently finishing his M.A. in Political Science and Development Studies. He also earned a diploma in Islamic Studies from the High Institute of Islamic Studies in 2010, where he is currently pursuing his M.A. in Islamic Shariah. Mr. Ibrahim El Houdaiby is a leader of the emerging generation of political and social activists and formerly associated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest religiously-founded group of its kind in the Middle East. He was a past board member of, the Muslim Brotherhood's Official English Website. He writes a weekly column for the Arabic Daily Shorouk, and is a freelance columnist in English language Al-Ahram Online. His research focuses on Islamic movements, democratization, and political economy of the Middle East. Ibrahim El Houdaiby joined the AMIDEAST teaching staff in 2012.


Dr. Ashraf El Sherif
Dr. Ashraf El Sherif earned his PhD in Political Science with a specialization in Comparative Middle Eastern Politics from Boston University in 2010.  He received his BA in Economics & Political Science and his MA in Political Science both from the American University in Cairo.  Dr. El Sherif’s areas of expertise include political Islam, Islamic movements, religious public sphere, ideological politics, state-society relations, and democratic transition in the Middle East.  His dissertation was entitled, “Democratization of the Islamic Movements in Egypt and  Morocco: opportunity structures, organizational frameworks and Islamist ideological marketplace,” and he has published articles in Current History and al-Masry al-Youm.  He is currently an adjunct lecturer in Political Science at the American University in Cairo, and has also taught at Boston University and the College of the Holy Cross.  Dr. El Sherif joined the faculty at AMIDEAST in 2010.


Dr. Heba Raouf Ezzat
Dr. Heba Raouf Ezzat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science of Cairo University.  She is also a visiting faculty member at the American University in Cairo.  She earned her BA (Honors), MA (Honors) and PhD in Political Science, all from Cairo University.  She has also spent time as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Democracy of the University of Westminster in London and at Oxford’s Centre for Islamic Studies.  In addition to her teaching at Cairo University, Dr. Heba also is Coordinator of the Civil Society Program for Research and Training and Foreign Relations Coordinator of the University’s Center for Political Research and Studies and Foreign Relations and Academic Events Coordinator of the Program for Dialogue between Civilizations in the University’s Faculty of Economics and Political Science.  Dr. Heba is widely published in both English and Arabic on subjects related to Islam, women and politics, and she authored a background paper on Gender Equality in the Arab World for the 2006 UN Development Programme’s Arab Human Development Report.  She has lectured in the US (Council on Foreign Relations, Georgetown University and University of California at Berkeley), Canada (McGill University), the UK (St. Anthony’s College of Oxford University, the Foreign Office and Lambeth Palace in London), Kuwait (Higher Committee for Sharia), and Morocco (Ministry of Awqaf).  She also lectures regularly on social theory to imams and Islamic scholars at the Dar ul-Ifta in Cairo.  Dr. Heba was selected for membership in the Young Global Leaders of the World Initiative of the World Economic Forum in 2005 and from 2003 to 2006 was a member of the Council of the 100 for Western-Islamic Understanding and the Religious Leaders Forum of the World Economic Forum.  Since 1999, she has been co-founder, and consultant on strategic planning and editorial policy evaluation for  She is the program convener for the Building Global Democracy program in the Middle East region. BGD is a major international action-oriented research initiative that explores how globalization can be governed in democratic ways (  Dr. Heba is currently interested in topics such as trans-local and cyber Islam; the changing maps of citizenship; women, empowerment and social change; globalization, violence and civility; and human agency, space and time.