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Shimaa Hatab is a Lecturer in Middle East and Global Affairs, at the King's Global Institutes in the School of Global Affairs. She holds her PhD in political science from the University of Essex and held research visiting positions at Stanford University and University of North Carolina. Before joining King’s, Shimaa was a lecturer at Cairo University and the American University in Cairo. Her work appeared in Democratization, and Comparative Politics. She is also a co-author of Lumbering State and Restless Society” Egypt in the Modern Era, Columbia University Press. She is currently engaged in research on durable regime change, comparative democratization and comparative political economy.


  • Democratization
  • Authoritarian resilience/breakdown
  • Social movements
  • Development politics

Combining a statistical analysis with qualitative data, Shimaa's research investigates the position of different players in regime transitions and political economy of development in the Middle East and Latin America. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore issues in politics of development in the Middle East and Latin America.


  • 7SSPP327 The Politics of Contemporary Middle East 
  • 7YYISGA1 Introduction to Global Affairs 
  • 7YYINGA4 Global Affairs Capstone Project 
  • 7SSPP313 States, Markets and People in the Contemporary Middle East 

Further details

See Shima's research profile