Samer S. Shehata

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"Samer S. Shehata is an Assistant Professor of Arab Politics at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on Arab and Middle East politics, Islamist politics, comparative politics, U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, Egyptian politics, culture and politics in the Arab world, and other subjects. He served as the Acting Director of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies Program during the 2002-2003 academic year.

"Before coming to Georgetown Dr. Shehata spent one year as a Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Columbia University and another as Director of Graduate Studies at New York University’s Center for Near Eastern Studies. He received a PhD from the Politics Department at Princeton University in 2000. Dr. Shehata has also taught at Columbia University, New York University, and the American University in Cairo.

"Shehata’s research interests include Middle East politics, Islamist politics and movements, U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, the political economy of the Middle East, social class and labor, “development”, authoritarian elections, Egyptian politics, ethnography, and the Hajj. He has published widely in both academic and policy journals. His articles have appeared in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Current History, MERIP, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Middle East Policy, Folklore and as book chapters and encyclopedia articles. His analysis and op-ed pieces have been published in the Boston Globe and International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications. His book, Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt, was published in 2009 by the State University of New York Press (SUNY Series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East). " [1]

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  1. Samer S. Shehata, , accessed February 10, 2011.
  2. Faculty, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, accessed February 10, 2011.
  3. Speakers, Together for a New Egypt, accessed April 13, 2011.