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Samer S. Shehata is the Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor of Middle East studies and the Middle East Studies Program Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma. He has also taught at the American University in Cairo, Columbia University, New York University, Georgetown University, and the Doha institute for Graduate Studies.

Shehata is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (SUNY, 2009 and republished with a new “Afterward” by the American University in Cairo Press in 2010), and editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge, 2012). His articles have appeared in both academic and policy journals including the International Journal of Middle East StudiesCurrent HistoryMERIPGeorgetown Journal of International AffairsMiddle East PolicyFolklore and as book chapters and encyclopedia articles. His analysis and op-ed pieces have been published in the New York TimesBoston Globe/International Herald TribuneSalonSlateArab Reform BulletinAl HayatAl Ahram Weekly and other publications.

Dr. Shehata has testified before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations in the United States Congress. He has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Research Center in Egypt, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009 for his work on Islamist politics.

Dr. Shehata has been interviewed for commentary by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, FOX, C-Span, CBC, Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, Al Arabiyya, Egyptian Satellite TV, Middle East Broadcasting Company (MBC), CCTV, New York TimesWashington PostTimeChristian Science MonitorFinancial TimesGuardianLe Monde, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Dr. Shehata received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association.



  • Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor of International and Area Studies and Coordinator, Middle East Studies, Department of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2013 – Present.
  • Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Doha, Qatar, 2015 – 2017.
  • Assistant Professor of Arab Politics, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2005 – 2013.
  • Acting Director, Arab Studies Academic Programs, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2002 – 2003.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2001 – 2005.
  • Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, 2000 – 2001.
  • Major Cultures Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, 1999 – 2000.

Curriculum Vitae

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Shehata’s first book,  Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt, was published in 2009 by the State University of New York Press (SUNY Series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East). The book is based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork working as a “winding machine operator” in two large textile factories in Alexandria, Egypt. (Review in Le Monde diplomatique)

The American University in Cairo Press published a Middle East edition of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt in 2010, which also includes a new afterword analyzing the tsunami of labor and economic protests which began in Egypt in 2004.

Shehata is also the editor of a book entitled Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge, 2012), which addressed a number of central questions in the study of Islamist politics in the Middle East.


articles, Peer-Reviewed Articles, & Book Chapters

2010 – 2019

2000 – 2009

1990 – 1999

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TV | 2010 – 2019

Khaled Ali Presidential CandidateAl Jazeera (11.13.17)

What do Mubarak Verdicts Mean for Egypt? – CNN Newsroom (06.02.12)

Egyptians in the U.S.Al Jazeera “Min Washington” (06.01.12)

American (Neo)Liberalism and the Egyptian EconomyAl Jazeera “Min Washington” (01.24.12)

Comments on Egypt’s Future “Washington Journal” – C-SPAN (07.03.11)

What’s Next for the Egyptian Revolution – The REAL News (05.17.11)

Comments on Egyptian Economy – Al Jazeera English (05.12.11)

Sectarian Conflict in Egypt – The REAL News (05.10.11)

Inside Story: Egypt – Israel Diplomacy – Al Jazeera English (04.28.11)

Comments on Mubarak Health Issues – Al Jazeera English (04.12.11)

Inside Story: New Dawn for Egypt – Al Jazeera English (02.12.11)

Comments on Developments of Events in EgyptAl Jazeera English (02.11.11)

Comments on Spread of Protests Across Egypt – BBC World News America (02.09.11)

Professor Says Egypt Protest Not Likely to Lead to Full Democracy – Georgetown University (02.08.11)

Empire: Democracy in the Arab World – Al Jazeera English (02.06.11)

Turmoil Grips Egypt as Mubarak Plots Next Move – PBS News Hour (02.03.11)

Labor Union and the Egypt Uprising – GritTV (02.01.11)

Muslim Brotherhood Not Lead in Egypt – GritTV (02.01.11)

Comments on Mr. Baradei – Wolf Blitzer, CNN (01.30.11) [Transcript]

Protests Continue in Tunisia – The REAL News (01.27.11) [Transcript]

WikiLeaks and Tunisia – The REAL News (01.26.11)

What Sparked the Tunisian Revolution? – The REAL News (01.18.11) 

Comments on US Response to Tunisian Revolution – Al Jazeera English (01.18.11)

Women Seek Spots in Egyptian Parliament – Pittsburgh Tribune (12.07.10)

TV | 2000 – 2009

Comments on US Role in the Middle East Peace Process – Al Jazeera English (Sept.2010) 

Comments on Hilary Clinton’s Speech on Iran – Al Jazeera English (Feb.2010)

Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt: An Interview with Samer Shehata – Georgetown University (11.19.09)

Comments on the Israeli Invasion of Gaza – Canadian Television (01.05.09)

Comments on Iraq – BBC (12.14.08)

Conflict in the Middle East – Georgetown University (05.08.08)

Comments on the Middle East Peace Process – Canadian Television (11.21.07)

Comments on Political Situation in Iraq – Canadian Television (11.27.06)

Comments on the Saddam Hussein Verdict – Canadian Television (11.05.06)

Lieberman Likely Candidate – Michael Moore Muzzled “American Morning” – CNN (05.06.04)

Comments on Jordan “Washington Journal” – C-SPAN (01.18.03)

Remarks before the Democratic Caucus – U.S. Capitol (05.09.02)

Alan Keyes is making nonsense – on Saudi Arabia “Alan Keyes is Making Sense” – MSNBC (04.25.02)

Videotapes Featuring Osama bin Laden, Hijacker Surface “American Morning with Paula Zahn” – CNN (04.16.02)

Arafat Remains Besieged in Ramallah “CNN Saturday” – CNN (04.06.02) [Transcript]

Jordan and King Abdullah – C-SPAN (01.18.02)

Hollywood May Play a Role in the War Effort “Greenfield at Large” – CNN (11.09.01)

Tracking the Terrorists: Bioterrorism — Is the U.S. Ready? “The Point with Greta Van Susteren” – CNN (10.09.01)