Curriculum Vitae

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Heba F. El-Shazli

Government and International Affairs
Virginia Tech – National Capital Region
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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  • Democratization, Authoritarian Regimes and Transition, Civil Society and Global Social Movements, and the Labor Movement in the Middle East


  • International Relations, Global Social Movements, Comparative Politics, Governments and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, and Political Islam



Ph.D. — Political Science/Planning, Governance & Globalization  — December 2014
School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT), Blacksburg and Alexandria, VA         

  • Dissertation:              “An Elusive Victory – Egyptian Workers Challenge the Regime (2006-2012)”
  • Committee:                Dr. Joel Peters (chair), Dr. Timothy Luke, Dr. Rachel Scott, and Dr. Ariel Ahram
  • Certificates:               Future Professoriate; International Research

Recipient of the 2014 Richard E. Zody Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) – Governance and Globalization (GG) track.

 M.A. – International Relations  —  1984
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  • Concentration:          International Relations, Politics, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

 B.S. — Foreign Service  —  1982
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  • Concentration:          International Economics: Finance and Commerce
  • Certificate:                 Arab Studies, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

 Instructional Systems Development  —  1995
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)



Peer-Reviewed Essays

  • “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.
  • “Crisis, Context, Modernity, Myth”
  • 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, February 2010.

Book Chapters

  • “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



  • Assistant Professor, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA) — 2014-Present
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Adjunct Faculty, Public and International Affairs (PIA)  —  2013-Present
    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Center for Democracy and Civil Society  —  2013-Present
    Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Instructor of Record/Graduate Teaching Assistant  —  2011-2012
    Virginia Tech (VT), Blacksburg, VA
  • Visiting Professor   —  2010-2011
    Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Lexington, VA



  • GOVT 345: Political Islam – Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
  • GOVT 544: Role of Civil Society and Social Movements in Democratization – a global survey – Fall 2014
  • GOVT 540: International Relations – Fall 2014
  • GOVT 322: International Relations Theory – Fall 2014
  • GOVT 332: Politics of the Middle East – Spring 2014, Fall 2014
  • GOVT 731: Politics and Society of the Middle East – Spring 2014
  • GOVT 542: Role of Civil Society in Transitioning and Democratizing Countries – Spring 2013, Fall 2013
  • GOVT 901: Independent Study/Tutorial on Global Social Movements – Fall 2013
  • PSCI 4984: Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region – Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  • PO 374:Politics and International Relations in MENA – Fall 2010, Spring 2011
  • AR 316:Egyptian Arabic Conversation and a Survey of the Arabic Media – Fall 2010, Spring 2011
  • PO 471-01: The Arab World: Society, Culture and the State – Spring 2011
  • AR 470-01: Modern Arabic Short Stories – Spring 2012
  • AR 316-01: Historical and Contemporary Survey of Leadership in the Arab World – Spring 2012



  • Consultant  —  July-Sep 2011
    International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Regional Program Director  —  2004-2011
    Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Team
    The American Center for International Labor Solidarity (The Solidarity Center), Washington, D.C.
  • Deputy Regional Director  —  2001-2004
    Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Team
    The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
    Washington, D.C.
  • Resident Representative in Lebanon  —  2001-2002
    The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa  —  1994-2000
    The American Center for International Labor Solidarity (The Solidarity Center)
    Based in Cairo from 1997-2000, Washington, D.C.
  • Senior Program Officer – Romania Desk officer  —  1987-1994
    Free Trade Union Institute (FTUI), AFL-CIO,
    Washington, D.C.
  • Research Associate  —  1986-1987
    Research Department, Seafarers International Union, AFL-CIO
    Camp Springs, MD
  • Executive Assistant to the President  —  1985-1986
    The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Local 2 of the American
    Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
    New York City, N.Y.
  • Assistant to the Director  —  1983-1985
    Frontlash, Inc. (AFL-CIO Youth Organization)
    Washington, D.C.



  • “Tunisia’s Political, Social and Economic Promise and Potential – Tunisian Civil Society.” Tunisia Roundtable sponsored by the Languages and Global Studies Departments, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, April 2014.
  • “Workers’ Revolt at the Workplace and in Public Spaces: how workers used their workplaces and public spaces to protest authoritarian rule, economic re-structuring, and globalization” International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, February 2014.
  • “Fostering Positive Political Change in North Africa – The Role of the Labor Sector.” Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), Washington, D.C., November 2013.
  • “Workers in crisis …Outlook on Egypt’s Independent Trade Unions and their Political Role.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, DC. August 2013.
  • “The Role of Egypt’s Labor Movement in June 2013 Uprising.” Briefing for the Executive Council of the Jewish Labor Committee. New York City, July 2013.
  • Moderator, Film and discussion of “Nazrah: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. April, 2012.
  • Moderator, “Workshop: De-mystifying the Middle East and its People – a frank discussion.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. April 2012
  • Moderator, “We Are Egypt” — Film and discussion with Lillie Paquette (film director). Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. October 2011
  • Moderator, Film and Discussion: “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. March 2012
  • Panelist, “Careers in International Affairs.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. February 2012
  • Panelist, “Arab Spring Movements.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. February 2012
  • Panelist, “Panel Discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian Question.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. November 2011
  • Panelist, “Have you been wondering what exactly is going on in Egypt? Is the military going to relinquish control? What is Mubarak going to do now?” Washington-Lee University, Lexington, VA. February 2011.
  • Moderator, “The Future of Egypt.” East Meets West Conference at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Lexington, VA. March 2011
  • Moderator, Film and Discussion: “The Birds of Darkness”, dealing with political and social issues around the rise of the Moslem Brotherhood’s influence in the Egyptian judiciary. VMI, Lexington, VA. April 2011.
  • Panelist, “International Efforts to Combat Labor Trafficking” Academy for Educational Development (AED), Washington, D.C. June 2010
  • Interview on the radio show “Kan Ya Makan” on CKLN 88.1FM about the situation and struggles of migrant workers in the Arab world, July, 2008.
  • Panelist, panel discussion at the Global Forum on Migrant Workers in Abu Dhabi, January 2008 ( and
  • Panelist, “Worker rights are human rights”. Conference on Islam in America – Center for Global Peace, American University, Washington, DC, July 2008
  • Panelist, “Modern Day Slavery in the Middle East – the plight of migrant workers in the GCC and Yemen.” University of Michigan Law School, Middle East Law Student Association (MELSA) monthly meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April, 2008
  • Panelist, “Egypt’s Elections 2005.”  VOA’s On-the-Line television program, Washington, D.C. September 2005 []
  • Member of the Regional Advisors Committee for Freedom House’s publication/report Women’s Rights in the Middle East, Washington, D.C. 2005
  • Quoted in Washington Post article, “Unions Around World to Protest Iran’s Treatment of Bus Workers” By Nora Boustany, Wednesday, February 15, 2006; A18
  • Moderator, “Ensuring Democracy in an Age of Economic Transition.” Fourth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy gathering, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2006.
  • Guest Speaker, “Building Blocks of Democracy” on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Washington, D.C. March 3, 2003.
  • Participated in a 14-member assessment mission to Iraq organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) between June 27 and July 6, 2003
  • Panelist, presentation titled “Important role of civil society organizations in promoting development and democracy in the Middle East.” World Bank’s Mediterranean Development Forum (MDF), Amman, Jordan in October 2002.
  • Presentation on Strategies to increase Women’s Global Leadership II in a course at the American University’s Women & Politics Institute, Women World Leaders, GOVT 580.02, Spring 2004.



  • Faculty Advisor, Journal of Democracy and Society, bi-annual print journal published by the Center for Democracy and Civil Society, Georgetown University, Fall 2013.
  • Taught class at Politics & Prose bookstore titled: Understanding Middle East Politics through Literature. Sept – November 2013 and February – May 2014.
  • Member of the organizing and implementing committee for VMI’s East Meets West Conference: 711-2011. Work on the conference included: development of the agenda, themes, selection of speakers, contacting speakers and encouraging their participation, selection of the musical and artistic aspects of the conference.  23-25th March, 2011
  • Organized the participation of VMI cadets in the Southeast Model Arab League program held at Converse College in Spartansburg, South Carolina. 11-13 March, 2011
  • Organized VMI student participation in the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies 28th Annual Conference held at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 8-9 April, 2011
  • Presentation for the VMI students, faculty, staff and Lexington community on developments in Egypt and the 25th January revolution; 120+ persons attended. 3rd February 2011
  • Organized and leader of a study trip to Egypt (logistics, program of meetings in-country, and travel details) for VMI cadets, faculty and friends of VMI to Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan and Luxor. 26 December 2010 – 7 January 2011
  • Moderator of a discussion between VMI cadets participating in the Egyptian Arabic pilot conversation/dialogue project with counterpart students at Cairo University. 2 December 2010
  • Organized lecture by author, David Finkel, at the Center for Leadership and Ethics (CLE) at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Lexington, VA.  Mr. Finkel is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, editor and writer for The Washington Post.  He discussed his recent book, The Good Soldiers. 19th November 2010
  • Organizer, field trip for 32 VMI cadets to Washington, DC for briefings and meetings at the Department of State and at the Council on Foreign Relations with focus on Middle East issues. 17 November 2010
  • Presentation: “The evolution of the MENA region from a historical perspective.” VMI, Lexington, VA. 15 November 2010
  • Presentation: “The Three Faces of Cairo” VMI in Lexington, VA. 26 October 2010
  • Organized the participation of VMI cadets in the 19th Annual Policy Makers Conference – of the National Council on US-Arab Relations titled: Where do we go from here? Washington, D.C. 20 – 22 October 2010
  • Invited and organized program for guest speaker: Dr. Marina Ottaway, Director of Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The presentation was titled: “Nation-Building and Democracy Promotion: Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Lexington, VA. 14 October 2010
  • Led a delegation of Iraqi trade union women on their first-ever visit to Turkey to celebrate International Women’s Day with their Turkish counterparts. Istanbul, Turkey, March 2009.
  • Organized and participated in historic first meetings that led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding for cooperation with the Qatari National Human Rights Committee. June 10, 2008
  • Arabic voice and managed the production/editing of the Arabic version of a 9-minute video film titled: Strengthening Women’s Political Participation in Jordan and Morocco, March 2004.
  • Taught a series of NGO workshops for the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Syria and Lebanon on the topic of improving communications skills and building relations with the media (1999 and 2000).
  • Conducted a twelve-week training program to prepare practitioners in the human resources field in Egypt to take the test for Professional Human Resource Manager sponsored by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) (January – April 2000).
  • Advisor to the Consultative Council on Gender for the MENA region at the World Bank, Washington, D.C. June 2000
  • Taught a 4-day workshop at the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Training Center in Turin, Italy on planning an advocacy campaign for women’s business associations in the Arab countries. I conducted the course in Arabic. October 2000
  • Participated in the second assembly of the World Movement for Democracy held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 12-15 November 2000. I participated in three different workshops and helped facilitate the meeting of the regional NGOs in the Arab states and Turkey. I also served on the coordinating committee to set-up a network/resource organization to serve the NGOs in the Arab states and Turkey.
  • Participated as a speaker on a panel entitled: “Civil Society and Globalization” and the Mediterranean Development Forum (MDF 4) held in Amman, Jordan, 6 – 9 October 2002.
  • Participated in “Mediterranean Development Forum II” where I was a commentator on a paper presented on “Vocational Training: a private and public partnership” (1998).
  • Participated in the World Bank’s “Mediterranean Development Forum” (MDF I) held in Marrakech, Morocco where I organized two workshops under the theme: “Labor Market Policies and Labor Unions.” I presented a paper entitled, “Partnerships in the Education of Future Workers” (1997)



  • Recipient of the French Language Studies Certificate  —  1979
    Dijon University, Dijon, France



  • Arabic and English — Bilingual and Excellent Translation Skills
  • French — Strong
  • Spanish and Romanian — Working Knowledge/Conversational
  • Farsi — Basic conversational, reading and writing knowledge



  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (
  • Member of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Member of the International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the United-States Egypt Friendship Society (USEF)
  • Member of the Middle East Institute (MEI) (
  • Member of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).
  • Member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
  • Founding member of the American Egyptian Association (AEA)