Prof. Dr. Amr Hamzawy
Prof. Dr. Amr Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin. After having finished his doctoral studies and after five years of teaching in Cairo and Berlin, Hamzawy joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC as a senior associate for Middle East politics from 2005 to 2009. From 2009 to 2010, he served as the research director of the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2011, he joined the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo, where he continues to work today. Hamzawy also serves as an associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science at Cairo University.
His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratisation processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world.
Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly after having been elected in the first parliamentary elections in Egypt after the 25 January 2011 revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes a daily column and a weekly op-ed to the Egyptian independent newspaper Al Shorouk.
His publications include: “On Religion, Politics, and Democratic Legitimacy in Egypt, January 2011 – June 2013”, in: Philosophy & Social Criticism, No. 4-5, Vol. 40, 2013, pp. 401-406; Between Religion and Politics (2010, with Nathan Brown); and Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (2008, ed. with Anthony Chase).