Hind Ahmed Zaki is a former associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow (2017-2018). She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She holds an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a BA in Political Science from Cairo University. From 2018 through 2020, Zaki will be Harold Grinspoon Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on how women’s rights activists have used the language of rights and renegotiated hegemonic discursive and institutional boundaries to reinvent women’s rights at times of political uncertainty.  Her  PhD dissertation investigates the ways in which new actors with new identities emerged in the framework of the Arab Spring, creating new forms of feminist mobilization in Tunisia and Egypt. It also critically questions feminist engagement with the state in contexts where the state is a primary violator of women’s rights, especially during political transitions. The broader implication of these findings questions the assumption that democratic transition and gender justice go hand-in-hand. Her field work was funded by a number of grants and fellowships including the project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the University of Washington's Chester A. Fritz and Boeing Fellowships for International Research and Study. In addition to her academic work, Hind served as consultant to a number of local women’s rights organizations in Egypt. She was recognized as a "Women of Courage" by the UW Women's Center for her advocacy for women's rights in Egypt. 

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