- Areas of Specialization: Democratization, Civil Society and Global Social Movements, and the Labor Movement in the Middle East
- Areas of Concentration: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Governments and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Political Islam, and Global Social Movements
My research interests include interdisciplinary research on issues such as “Allah at the ballot box” i.e. the role and impact of Islamist transnational network organizations at the ballot box; the revival of the role of effective social movements in the Middle East; the problematic of “public space” and protests; the role of the labor movement in pushing for and supporting political change and democratization in the MENA region; the role of authoritarian regimes in the initiation of large environmental projects especially relating to the control of water through dams (e.g. Egypt); and the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and international relations. Additional research interests include: The role of the Gulf states in the recent political changes in the MENA region – Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in particular; Middle East international relations, comparative politics, global social movements, political Islam, transnational activism and advocacy, cultural and social contributions by the Arab world through music, literature and the arts; and impact of public discourse on contentious political action, and the culture and history of the Middle East and North Africa.
- “The Egyptian Peasant—The Hero of the Past, the Hope for the Future” – a review of Timothy Mitchell’s Rules of Experts—Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity. SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, Volume 2, Number 1, November 2012. http://spectrajournal.org/2012/11/17/2-1-9-book-review-timothy-mitchells-rules-of-experts-egypt-techno-politics-modernity/
- Editor of Al-Raida publication of the Lebanese American University’s Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World – No. 97-98, Spring–Summer 2002 Arab Women in Civil Society.
- Senior Editor and Project Manager, The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt, The Solidarity Center, Washington, DC, February 2010.
- “The Role of the Labor Sector,” in Godson, Roy (editor). Towards Democratic Transitions: The Case of North Africa. National Strategy Information Center (NSIC); First edition (November 17, 2013).
Journalism & Multimedia
- “Where Were the Egyptian Workers in the June 2013 People’s Coup Revolution?” http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/13125/where-were-the-egyptian-workers-in-the-june-2013-p
- “Should Egyptians Believe Morsi?” http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/12479/should-egyptians-believe-morsi
- “The People’s Revolution – A View from Tahrir Square on July 3” muftah.org/the-peoples-revolution-a-view-from-tahrir-square-on-july-3/
- “The Day After 30 June 2013: I Just Participated in a Revolution!” http://muftah.org/the-day-after-30-june-2013-i-just-participated-in-a-revolution/
- Egyptians Who Protest Worker Rights Abuses are Labeled “Terrorists”, Posted by Heba F. El-Shazli on September 9, 2013 http://shankerblog.org/?p=8794
- Red Card for Morsi – Posted on June 3, 2013 http://shankerblog.org/?p=8454
- Egypt’s Islamist Government Reaches for Control of the Unions – Posted on December 12, 2012 http://shankerblog.org/?p=7304
- The New Middle East: Democratic Accountability and the Role of Trade Unions –Posted on August 10, 2012 http://shankerblog.org/?p=6476
- An Update From The Independent Labor Movement In Egypt Posted March 7, 2011 http://shankerblog.org/?p=2055
- Bahrain: Workers Lead The Way Posted February 25, 2011 http://shankerblog.org/?p=1998
- A Very Happy Egyptian-American Posted February 11, 2011 http://shankerblog.org/?p=1878
- Egypt In Crisis: Independent Unions Emerge As Leaders Posted February 7, 2011 http://shankerblog.org/?p=1823