Maye
Kassem

Position
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Political Science

Profile

Brief Biography

Maye Kassem is an associate professor of comparative politics at The American University in Cairo. She received her BA from The American University in Cairo, and an MA and PhD from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  She joined the AUC faculty in 2000.

Maye teaches courses in comparative politics with special reference to the Middle East and Developing Systems. She was a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2008 to 2010. 

Maye is a specialist in authoritarianism, with specific focus on Egyptian politics.

Her published books are "In the Guise of Democracy: Governance in Contemporary Egypt," published by Ithaca Press in 1999, and "Egyptian Politics: The Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule," Lynne Reinner Press, 2004. She has also contributed chapters to edited books and articles.

Maye was the founder and organizer of the Political Science Seminar and was also Faculty Advisor for the Cairo International Model United Nations (CIMUN) and Cairo International Model Arab League (CIMAL) from 2002 to 2013. 

She is currently in the process of researching Egyptian politics after the fall of Mubarak. 

Research Interests

  • Comparative Middle East Politics
  • Authoritarianism 
  • Egyptian Politics 
  • Democratization 
  • Political Islam