Hanin Ghaddar

Hanin Ghaddar is the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Her research focuses on political and religious affairs in Lebanon. In particular, Ghaddar focuses on the situation of Shiite politics and Hezbollah throughout the Middle East.

Previously, Ghaddar was the managing editor of Lebanon’s NOW news website, where she shed light on a broad range of cutting-edge issues, from the evolution of Hezbollah inside Lebanon to Iran’s growing influence throughout the Middle East. In addition, she has contributed to a number of U.S.-based magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.

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Friedmann Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Areas of Expertise: Lebanon, Arab & Islamic Politics, The Middle East, Shiite Politics

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
press@washingtoninstitute.org
Phone: +1 202-688-2392 (o) | +1 202-257-1336 (c)
Twitter: @haningdr

As Heard On NPR’s On Point With Tom Ashbrook: Saudi Purge, Lebanon Power Struggle Add To Middle East Turmoil

Dalia Fahmy

Dalia Fahmy is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics of the Middle East. She is also a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank that provides analysis and insight into foreign policy issues facing the nation.

Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. She has also published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy. She has published two books and her upcoming book is entitled, “The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of Political Islam.”

Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Politics of the Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, Political Islam, Democratization

Contact Information:
E-mail: dalia.fahmy@liu.edu
Twitter: @DaliaFFahmy

Akbar Ahmed

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge, and has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities.

He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books including a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11.

Ahmed is interviewed regularly on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. His numerous articles have appeared in, among many others The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and LA Times.

Akbar Ahmed
Former Ambassador and Chair of Islamic Studies at American University 

Areas of Expertise: Islamic Studies, Foreign Policy, Civil Service, Middle East and North Africa, Politics, Islamist Movements

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information: To set up an interview with Dr. Ahmed, contact Program Coordinator, Harrison Akins.
Email: harrisonakins@gmail.com
Phone: (202) 450-8824

Heard on NPR Morning Edition: How the War On Terror’ Became A War On Tribal Islam”

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Samer Shehata

Samer S. Shehata is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, Georgetown University and the American University in Cairo.

Shehata has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Carnegie Foundation. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association.

Dr. Shehata is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (2009) and the editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (2012). His analysis has been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe/International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications. He has been interviewed by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, Al Jazeera, New York Times, and many other outlets.


Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies, the University of Oklahoma

Areas of Expertise: Middle East Politics, Islamist Movements, US-Middle East Relations, Egyptian Politics

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Contact Information:
Email: shehata@ou.edu
Phone: 405-325-1341

Heard on The Diane Rehm Show: Latest On Mass Protests In Egypt

 

Sherine Hafez

Sherine Hafez is an associate professor of women’s studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the president of the Association for Middle East Anthropologists (AMEA) and is a member of the board of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS).

Hafez received her master’s degree in anthropology from the American University in Cairo and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Davis. Her work focuses primarily on women in Muslim societies and gender and sexuality in Islam.

She has written two books, An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women’s Islamic Movements and The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt, and she is the co-editor of The Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium.

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise: Islam, Women in Muslim Societies and Cultures, Islamic Movements, Gender, Religion and Secularism in the Middle East, Egypt & Egyptian Culture, Anthropology

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

Phone: (951) 827-6427
Email: sherine.hafez@ucr.edu

Hafez discusses female demonstrators in the Arab Spring: