AGYA Member

Amro Ali

Philosophy, Sociology

Areas of Expertise:
Egypt’s Political Sociology, Foreign Policy, Alexandria’s Urban Politics, Arab Civil Society and Public Spheres, Social Movements, Middle Eastern Geopolitics, Berlin’s Exile Spaces, Political Philosophy

About me

I am a sociologist at the American University in Cairo, my main research interests engage with Arab public spheres, exile, and the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Václav Havel, and Byung-Chul Han. I focus on the human condition under assault from the forces of global consumption, material culture, digital technology, and how they shape identity, city meaning, modernity, and citizenship. I also run the 'Theatre of Thought' project which introduces sociological concepts and philosophical ways of thinking to the public.

I joined AGYA as I strongly value the interdesciplinary and bridge-building nature of its mandate, it is also rare to find an organisation that enables you to work in the grey areas between academia and the public sphere. Giving you license to unleash your intellectual impetus and creative imagination along with your colleagues to develop projects that shed light on the blind spots missed by the conventional university and, therefore, serving the public good in novel ways and producing new small communities as a result.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Arab and German Education, Common Heritage and Common Challenges and Transformation

Academic Career


2018 -


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University in Cairo


2017 - 2020


Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow, Sydney Democracy Network, University of Sydney


2016 - 2018


Direct the Theatre of Thought project, Goethe Institute Egypt, Cairo


2016 - 2017


Adjunct Associate professor of Sociology, Sociology Department, American University in Cairo, Egypt


2015 - 2015


Visiting Research Fellow, Global Governance Unit, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Germany                                                   


2012 - 2016


PhD Researcher, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Australia


2009 - 2011


Political Analyst at the UAE embassy in Australia


2007 - 2010


Higher Education Consultant to the Saudi Cultural Mission in Australia


2008 - 2009


Master of Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University


2005 - 2007


Master of Arts in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies with Honours, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University


Selected Publications

  • Ali, Amro and El-Sharnouby, Dina. ‘Distorting Digital Citizenship: Khaled Said, Facebook, and Egypt’s Streets’ in Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. Eds. Herrera, Linda (London: Routledge, 2014) 89-102.

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American University in Cairo

AUC Avenue Road Cairo Governorate 11835


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