Shadi Hamid

Shadi Hamid

Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and an assistant research professor of Islamic studies at Fuller Seminary. His latest book is “The Problem of Democracy: America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea” (Oxford University Press)He is also the author of “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World” (St. Martin’s Press), which was shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize. He is also co-editor with Will McCants of “Rethinking Political Islam” (Oxford University Press) and co-author of “Militants, Criminals, and Warlords: The Challenge of Local Governance in an Age of Disorder” (Brookings Institution Press). His first book “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East” (Oxford University Press) was named a Foreign Affairs “Best Book of 2014.” Hamid is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a member of the Project on Middle East Democracy’s board of directors. In 2019, he was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine. Hamid received his Bachelor of Science and master’s at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his doctorate in political science at Oxford University.

The Atlantic, contributing writer
EUSPRING, international advisory board
Project on Middle East Democracy, board of directors

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Religion, identity, and ideology
    • Islam
    • Democratization in the Middle East
    • Muslim Brotherhood
    • U.S. policy toward political Islam
  • Current Positions

    • Assistant Research Professor of Islamic Studies, Fuller Seminary
  • Past Positions

    • Director of Research, Brookings Doha Center
    • Director of Research, Project on Middle East Democracy
    • Hewlett Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
    • Resident Fellow, American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan
    • Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
    • Legislative Fellow, Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Oxford University
    • M.A., B.S., Georgetown University
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