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Amr Hamzawy
عمرو حمزاوى
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Amr Hamzawy in 2011
Member of Parliament of Egypt
In office
23 January 2012 – 16 June 2012
Constituency Cairo—Heliopolis
Personal details
Born (1967-10-28) 28 October 1967 (age 55)
Minya, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian, German(until 2012)
Political party President of Freedom Egypt Party
Occupation Professor of political science
Known for Political Activist

Amr Hamzawy (Egyptian Arabic: عمرو حمزاوى, IPA: [ˈʕɑmɾe ħæmˈzæːwi]; born 1967) is an Egyptian political scientist, human rights activist and public intellectual.


Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin. After finishing his doctoral studies and after five years of teaching in Cairo and Berlin, Hamzawy joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC between 2005 and 2009 as a senior associate for Middle East politics. Between 2009 and 2010, he served as the research director of the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2011, he joined the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo, where he worked for approximately 5 years. Finally, in late 2016, he moved to California, where he started teaching political science at Stanford University. He still works there today.

His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world.

Hamzawy is a former member of the People's Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes a daily column and a weekly op-ed to the Egyptian independent newspaper Al Shorouk.


Hamzawy received his bachelor's degree from Cairo University in Egypt. After that he revived his master's degree from the University of Amsterdam, and another from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. In 2002, he received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin.

Personal life

On 15 February 2012 Hamzawy married the Egyptian actress Basma Hassan at the Marriott Hotel in Cairo, and divorced in 2019. Their children are Luay, Noah and Nadya.

Selected writings

  • A Margin for Democracy in Egypt - The Story of An Unsuccessful Transition (in Arabic) Cairo: The Egyptian Lebanese Publishers, 2014
  • "Remarks on Political Writing and its Role in Defending Democracy, Freedoms, and Human Rights" (in Arabic) Ahram: Journal of Democracy, 2013
  • Between Religion and Politics, co-authored with Nathan J. Brown (political scientist)(in English and Arabic) Washington, D.C. and Beirut: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2010, ISBN: 978-0870032561
  • The Arab Future: Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance (in Arabic) Beirut: Dar an-Nahar, 2010
  • Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (co-editor, in English) Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-8122-2032-2
  • Contemporary Arab Political Thought: The Dialectics of Continuity and Change (in German) Hamburg: Schriften des Deutschen Orient-Instituts, 2005
  • Religion, State, and Politics in the Near East: An Essay Collection In Memory of Prof. Dr. Friedemann Buettner (co-editor, in German) Muenster: Lit Verlag, 2003
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