Gain the knowledge needed to analyse complex political phenomena. Through its faculty, courses, and activities, AUC’s political science department seeks to link political science to the thriving and complex political realities of Cairo, Egypt, and the region. Its graduate programs offer students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of political phenomena, as well as a deep understanding of the political realities in Egypt, the Arab world and the international arena.
Rabab El Mahdi: Rabab El Mahdi ’96, ’98 (Ph.D., McGill University) is an associate professor of political science at AUC. Her field of specialization is comparative political economy and development, with a focus on Latin America and the Middle East. Before joining AUC, she worked for several developmental organizations, including NGOs and UN agencies. Previously, she taught at Yale University and was a recipient of a number of fellowships at Columbia University, the University of Chicago and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Programme. Currently, she leads AUC’s research project, Alternative Policy Solutions (APS). She also serves on the boards of a number of civil society and professional organizations, including the Arab Political Science Network.
Walid Kazziha: Walid Kazziha (Ph.D., London University) is a professor of political science and former director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science at AUC. Since 2012, he has been the faculty advisor of the Cairo International Model United Nations (CIMUN) and the Cairo International Model Arab League (CIMAL) at AUC. He has authored and co-authored several books including, Egypt's Tahrir Revolution (2013), Revolutionary Transformation in the Arab World (1975), Palestine in the Arab Dilemma (1979), and a monograph, The Social History of Southern Syria (1972). Kazziha has published numerous scholarly articles in specialized journals, focusing on subjects such as the Civil War in Lebanon and its aftermath, Syria's regional policy, Egypt's Arab role, the Saudi regime, and war and peace in the Middle East.