New Professor is Frequent Commentator to Egypt Crisis


New Professor is Frequent Commentator to Egypt Crisis

Avi Spiegel has been at USD for less than a month. But he has already found himself at the center of media attention as a frequent contributor to local and national news organizations about the crisis in Egypt.

Avi Spiegel is assistant professor of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego. He trained in religious studies at Harvard University and in Middle East politics at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate from St Antony’s College. He has held the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship at Harvard, the Ali Pachachi Fellowship at Oxford, and the Strauss Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. He was previously a Brookings Research Fellow at the Brookings Research Institution in Washington D.C. A former Fulbright Scholar and Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, Avi has traveled and lectured extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa. A 1998 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, he also holds a JD from NYU School of Law. His current research focuses on the shifting dynamics of Islamism, political violence, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently completing a book on the next generation of political Islam, based on his extensive fieldwork (conducted in Arabic) among young activists from both legal and illegal Islamist movements.


Photographs of the January 25 Revolution in Egypt by Leslie Lababidi

Lesley Lababidi, who raised three children during her 22 years in Cairo, is an author of five books including Cairo's Street Stories Exploring the City's Statues, Squares, Bridges, Gardens, and Sidewalk Café (AUC Press) and numerous magazine articles about Egypt.

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