Hesham is interested in the politics of ignorance, unknowing, and epistemic distancing, particularly in relation to coloniality and postcolonial states in North Africa. His work was published in academic journals like Review of African Political Economy and Interface, and political e-zines like Jadaliyya, Opendemocracy, Ceasefire, and LSE Review of Books. He previously taught at SOAS, LSE, King’s College, and the British University in Egypt. He currently convenes a cross-disciplinary/cross-institutional PhD seminar on contemporary politics of the Middle East (pomeseminarseries.com).
Hesham’s doctoral research expanded on the concept of innocence, as articulated in critical race studies, to explain the silence of Egyptian liberals on the Rabaa massacre. He is currently working on developing this research project into a monograph entitled The Violence of Innocence: Ignoring the Rabaa Massacre.
Hesham is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since January 2019.
- Egypt: Strategic Implications of Extended Political Repression October 11, 2020