WorldDenver Young Professionals Event
Featuring Dr. Samer S. Shehata
About the Program:
Egyptians have had four presidents, three constitutions, and two constitutional referendums in the last three years. But is Egypt transitioning to democracy? What has been the character of political change in Egypt since the dramatic protests in Tahrir Square in 2011 that led to Hosni Mubarak’s ouster after 29 years in power and what now are the prospects for the country’s future?
*All levels of membership are invited to join this Young Professionals event!
About Dr. Shehata
Samer S. Shehata is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Politics in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. A specialist in Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood, he has previously taught at Georgetown University, New York University, Columbia University, and the American University in Cairo. He received his PhD from the Politics Department at Princeton University in 2000.
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,” 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 New York Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications.
His current book project, The Muslim Brotherhood: From Opposition Movement to Political Power, is under contract with Stanford University Press. The book will examine the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in formal politics and analyze the group’s political strategies, particularly its electoral participation and parliamentary activities during the last decade of Mubarak’s rule through the present. Extensive field research with Brotherhood candidates during election campaigns in Mansoura (2005), Alexandria (2010, 2011), and Cairo (2011) will provide the basis for this book.
A program of the World Affairs Councils of America with support provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.