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Amr Hamzawy

Amr Hamzawy

ARD Visiting Scholar, Fall 2015
Encina Hall, E106
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

political change, human rights, and the rule of law in Egypt


Amr Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin. After finishing his doctoral studies and after five years of teaching in Cairo and Berlin, Hamzawy joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC) between 2005 and 2009 as a senior associate for Middle East Politics. Between 2009 and 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 serve today. Hamzawy also serves as an associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science, Cairo University.

His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratization 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.

Dr. Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the 25th of Jan 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 Shorouk.



A Margin for Democracy in Egypt - The Story of An Unsuccessful Transition (in Arabic)
Cairo: The Egyptian Lebanese Publishers, 2014
On Religion, Politics, an Democratic Legitimacy in Egypt
Carnegie Middle East Center, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (in English and Arabic), 2013 
Remarks on Political Writing and its Role in Defending Democracy, Freedoms, and Human Rights (in Arabic)
Ahram: Journal of Democracy, 2013  
Between Religion and Politics, co-authored with Nathan Brown (in English and Arabic)
Washington, D.C. and Beirut: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2010
The Arab Future: Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance (in Arabic)
Beirut: Dar an-Nahar, 2010
Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (co-editor, in English)
Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
Contemporary Arab Political Thought: The Dialectics of Continuity and Change (in German)
Hamburg: Schriften des Deutschen Orient-Instituts, 2005
Religion, State, and Politics in the Near East: An Essay Collection In Memory of Prof. Dr. Friedemann Buettner (co-editor, in German)
Muenster: Lit Verlag, 2003