Biography

Biography

Emad Shahin is the Dean of the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University. Before joining CIS, he was the Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, visiting professor of Political Science at Georgetown University and the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics. He is tenured professor of public policy, The American University in Cairo (on leave). Shahin holds a Ph.D. (1989) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.A. (1983) and BA (1980) from the American University in Cairo. He has taught in leading universities in the United States including Harvard, Notre Dame, Georgetown, George Washington, and Boston University. His research and teaching interests focus on Islam and Politics Comparative Politics, Democracy and Political Reform in Muslim societies, and Political Economy of the Middle East.

Previously,  Shahin was a distinguished visiting scholar at Columbia University (April 2014-March 2015) and a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Feb 2014 -Aug 2014).  He was the Henry R. Luce Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (2009-2012). He was visiting associate professor in the department of Government at Harvard University (2006-2009), faculty affiliate with the Kennedy School of Government, and visiting scholar in the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (2006-2007). 

Shahin was nominated two years in a row for the Harvard University Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, May 2007 and May 2008; and is the recipient of the AUC Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for the Academic Year 2001-2002.

Shahin authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and has more than 50 scholarly publications including journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. His publications include Political Ascent: Contemporary Islamic Movements in North Africa (1998), co-editorship with Nathan Brown of The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (2010); and co-authorship of Islam and Democracy (2005 in Arabic). He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (2014) and co-editor with John L. Esposito of The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics (2013).

Dr Shahin’s op-eds were published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, Atlantic Monthly , ​Foreign Policy, Al-Ahram and​ ​A​l-Shorouk. He has also made appearances with Charlie Rose, Diane Rhem Show, Christiane Amanpour, NPR, CNN, BBC, CBC Canada, Voice of America, Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera Arabic and English.

EDUCATION

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SAIS , Washington, DC

  • Ph.D., International Relations  1989

Areas of Concentration: International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • M.A. Equivalency, International Economics   1984

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO   Egypt

  • M.A. Political Science    1983
  • B.A. Political Science, minor in Economics, Highest Honors,  1980

CURRENT POSITIONS

  • Dean, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, (Dec 2016 – present)
  • Senior Fellow, Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University (Dec 2016 – present)
  • Professor of Public Policy and Administration (on leave), School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo (2012-Present).
  • Editor in Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.
  • Co-editor with John L. Esposito, The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics.
  • Member of the Scientific Board, Reproduction of Heritage References, Bibliotheca Alexandria.
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board, Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, Georgetown University.
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Oxford Research Directions (Since 2011).
  • Member of the Academic Board, Al-Hadara Center, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Turkish Perspectives” Periodical.
  • Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council (2008).

FORMER  ACADEMIC POSITIONS

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY 

  • Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (June 2016-December 2016).
  • Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (August 2014- December 2016)

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Columbia University ( April 1, 2014 – March 15, 2015)

WOODROW WILSON CENTER 

  • Middle East Program, Public Policy Scholar February -August 2014 

 

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies,

Henry R. Luce Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace building 2009-2012

  • Political Science Department, Associate Professor 2009-2012

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

  • Department of Government, Visiting Associate Professor   Jan 2006-July 2009
  • Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center, the Dubai Initiative, Faculty Affiliate   June 2007-June 2008
  • Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Visiting professor  Spring 2006

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Visiting Associate Professor  Fall 2005

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO

Political Science Department, Tenured Associate Professor  Sep 1998-2007

Languages: Arabic, English, French (research ability).

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