Video still of Sherine Hamdy

Sherine Hamdy

Brown University

Sherine Hamdy is an associate professor of anthropology and a faculty fellow at the Watson Institute for International Relations at Brown University. At the time of filming, she was an assistant professor of anthropology and the Kutayba Alghanim Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at Brown. Hamdy serves on the Brown faculty committee of Science, Technology, and Society and the faculty committee on Middle East Studies. She was a Greenwall Foundation Scholar in Bioethics. Hamdy’s article “When the State and Your Kidneys Fail: Political Etiologies in an Egyptian Dialysis Ward” (American Ethnologist, 2008) won the 2009 Rudolph Virchow Award from the Society of Medical Anthropology. Her book, Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt, received honorable mention in the 2013 Clifford Geertz Book Prize from the Anthropology of Religion section of the American Anthropological Association.

Hamdy’s videos are used in this Choices Program curriculum unit:
The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy

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