School of Politics and International Relations

Hesham Shafick


Research Topic: Nonviolence as Innocence: How was it possible for Egyptian nonviolent activists to ignore the Rabaa massacre? (Thesis Submitted)

Supervisor(s): Kimberly Hutchings, Engin Isin, and Bryan Mabee (Gothenburg)

Research Interests:

innocence, epistemology of ignorance, nonviolent resistance, political (non)violence

Education/Professional Qualifications:

  • MSc Public Policy (with distinction), School of Public Policy, University College London, UK
  • BA, Political Science and Economics, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • BA Dissertation, Department of Economics, Washington College, Maryland, USA

Awards and Grants:

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate Fellowship.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Research Studentship.

Economics and Social Research Council's (ESRC) London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) Student-Led Activity Funding. Granted for the academic year 2018/2019 to organise a cross-institutional PhD seminar on International Political Sociology. Renewed in 2019/2020.

First Category Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the American University in Cairo, 2006-2011.

Work Experience:

  • PhD Seminar Convener, ‘Doing International Political Sociology’, KCL & QMUL Doctoral Training Center joint-course.
  • Teaching Associate, School of Politics and International Relations, QMUL
  • Assistant Lecturer, School of Business, Economics and Political Science, The British University in Egypt (courses taught: democratic politics, political sociology, development, Sub-Saharan Africa and International Relations)
  • Assistant Media Advisor, Office of the Egyptian (Interim) President-Adly Mansour, Egypt (tasks: wrote media statements, prepared talking cards, managed meeting with political powers and coordinated the president’s media center and supreme council of youth)
  • Researcher, Cairo Center for Strategic Studies, Egypt (research topics: the politics of intermarriage in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement, biography of General El-Gamasy and several book reviews.
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, QMUL, 2019/2020.