Riham Bahi

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Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Cairo University
Faculty of Economics and Political Science


PhD, International and Public Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston, May 2008

MA, International Relations and Comparative Politics, Northeastern University, Boston, May 2003

BA, Political Science, School of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, June 1998


Muslim women activism and the transformation of Muslim public sphere

Networking for empowerment and change

Globalization and human rights: universalism versus cultural relativism

International relations theory

Islamic thought and movements in Egypt

Comparative politics






Work history: 

Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Political Science, The American University in Cairo

Academic Coordinator, Education Abroad Program, America-Mideast Education and Training Services (AMIDEAST), Cairo

Lecturer, Bryant University, Department of History and Social Sciences, Smithfield, RI, Sept. 2008-May 2009

Adjunct Lecturer/ Teaching Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, Sept. 2002-May 2006

Teaching Assistant, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, USA, Jan. 2002- May 2002

Honorary office and memberships: 

Program Leader, the “Dialogue of Civilizations” between undergraduate students of Cairo University and Northeastern University, sponsored by the Bi-National Fulbright Commission in Egypt, 2002-2004

Team Leader, Capacity Building Program for Higher Education in Egypt, Northeastern University and the Population Council, Cairo, Egypt, 2003-2004 (wrote and implemented a first of its kind grant to provide capacity building and training for Egyptian graduate students in Cairo, Egypt).

Coordinator, German-Arab Higher Education Dialogue: Shared Goals, Different Perspectives? Peace and Security, Development and Welfare as Core Values of Politics Cairo University- Tübingen University Exchange University, July 2010- present.

Vice President of the Boston Unit of the Egyptian Students Association in North America, May 2002-May 2003

Chairperson (and co-founder), the Political Science Graduate Students Association, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 2001– April 2002

Productions and works: 

Has several publications to her name including:

"Muslim Women Activism and the Transformation of Muslim Public Sphere”, International Feminist Journal of Politics, June 2010;

“Islamism as a Post-Hegemonic Discourse: Challenging the Hegemonic Representation of Islam and Muslim Women”, Politics and Religion, a journal of the Religion and Politics section of the American Political Science Association, March 2010;

“The Dialogue of Civilizations: A Model of Active Learning”, Teaching Matters, the Center for Effective University Teaching, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Volume 9, Edition 2, April 2004.

Participated in many workshops and conferences including:

“Gender and Social Sciences” : a workshop organized by the Women and Memory Forum, June 2010;

“The Role of the State in a Changing World”, organized by the Center for the Study of Developing Countries, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, April 17-19, 2001;

The Fulbright Enrichment Seminar on “American Values and Identity in the Time of National Trial: Civil Liberties, Tolerance, Engaged Citizenship”, Houston, Texas, February 28-March3, 2002; 

The Colloquium on “U.S.-Arab Relations” sponsored by U.S. Department of State and AMIDEAST in Cooperation with the University of Maryland, October 26-29, 2001

Interviewed by ABC Nightline, BBC the World, ABC Radio, Al- Jazeera Network, MBC and Voice of America (on Islam, terrorism, and Arab-American relations)



“Expert Level Credentials”, Center for Effective University Teaching, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 2003

Senior Stipended Graduate Assistantship (SGA) award, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Fall 2002- Spring 2006

Inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society for Graduate Students, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2002