Samer S. Shehata is the Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor in Middle East Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has previously taught at the American University in Cairo, Columbia University, New York University, and Georgetown University. His areas of research include Middle Eastern politics, Egyptian politics, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist politics, and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East. He is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (SUNY, 2009 and republished with a new "Afterward" by the American University in Cairo Press in 2010), and editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge, 2012). His articles have appeared in both academic and policy journals including the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Current History, MERIP, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Middle East Policy, Folklore and as book chapters and encyclopedia articles. His analysis and op-ed pieces have been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe/International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications. His edited volume, "The Struggle to Reshape the Middle East in the 21st Century" is forthcoming in April 2023 from Edinburgh University Press.
Shehata received the Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship for Tenured International Scholars, 2021-2022. He also served as Special Adviser in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (Near Eastern Affairs) at the U.S. Department of State for April - August 2022, and was a Visiting Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace's Middle East Center (2021-2022).
Dr. Shehata has also testified before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations in the United States Congress. He has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Research Center in Egypt, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009 for his work on Islamist politics.
Dr. Shehata has been interviewed for commentary by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, FOX, C-Span, CBC, Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, Al Arabiyya, Egyptian Satellite TV, Middle East Broadcasting Company (MBC), New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times, Guardian, Le Monde, and the Sydney Morning Herald.