School of Politics and International Relations

Hesham Shafick


Research Topic: “The ‘ignorance contract’: violence in nonviolent movements. A case of Egypt’s Selmeya revolution

Supervisor(s): Prof Kimberly Hutchings & Dr Bryan Mabee

Research Interests:

Feminist epistemologies, epistemology of ignorance, critical social contract, social movements, (non)violence, Arab Spring.

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

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


Featured works in LSE Review of Books, International Public Policy Review, OpenDemocracy, PinPoint Politics and several Egyptian newspapers (Al-Ahram, Al-Watan).

Professional Associations:

  • Convener, University of London’s International Political Sociology Research Group (QMUL, KCL, LSE)
  • Communications Manager, ‘Global Politics Unbound’ Research Group (QMUL)
  • Member, London School of Economics, Middle East Center, ‘History and Theory in the MENA Region’ research group
  • British International Studies Association (BISA), European International Studies Association (EISA), International Studies Association (ISA), Political Science Association (PSA) and British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)

Political Affiliations:

The Egyptian National Association for Change, Egyptian National Student Union, Students and Workers Association for Advancement (Egypt), member of the University and College Union (UCU), and The Revolutionary Communists Group (UK)