Bio


Amr Hamzawy is a German and Egyptian dual national. He 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 was on leave until 2018. Hamzawy was also on leave from his position as an associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science, Cairo University until 2018 when the university administration terminated his position due to political pressures. In the academic year 2016-2017, he served as a senior fellow at the Middle East Program and the Democracy and Rule of Law Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC. Since July 2017, Hamzawy works as a senior research scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford 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. 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. For years, Hamzawy contributed a weekly op-ed to the Egyptian independent newspaper Shorouk. However, his press writings were recently banned (since March 2019) due to pressures from the security services. He currently contributes a weekly opinion piece to the London based All Arab Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

Academic Appointments


  • Sr Research Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Honors & Awards


  • Annual Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin - The Berlin Institute of Advanced Studies (9/1/2018-6/30/2019)

All Publications


  • CAN EGYPT'S DEMOCRATIC HOPES BE REVIVED? JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Hamzawy, A. 2019; 30 (4): 158–69
  • Conspiracy theories and populist narratives: On the ruling techniques of Egyptian generals PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM Hamzawy, A. 2018; 44 (4): 491–504
  • Egypt after the 2013 military coup: Law-making in service of the new authoritarianism PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM Hamzawy, A. 2017; 43 (4-5): 392–405