Professor of Practice
Department of the Arts


Brief Biography

Bahia Shehab is a professor of the practice of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo, where she has developed a full design curriculum mainly focused on the visual culture of the Arab world. She has taught over fourteen courses on the topic. She frequently lectures internationally on Arab visual culture and design, design education and curriculum development, Islamic cultural heritage, and her art practice. Her artwork has been on display in exhibitions, galleries, and streets internationally and has received several international recognition and awards. The documentary Nefertiti's Daughters were featuring her street artwork during the Egyptian uprising released in 2015. Her publications include "A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif." She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

    Research Interest
    • Arabic Typography and Calligraphy
    • History of Arab Graphic Design and Visual Culture
    • Design Education and Curriculum Development
    • Arab Art and Politics
    • Arab and Islamic Cultural Heritage

    PhD, Modern Arab Art, Leiden University, The Netherlands (2019) 

    MA, Islamic Art & Architecture, American University in Cairo, Egypt (2009) 

    BGD, Graphic Design, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1999)