Middle East Studies

Sherine Hamdy

Professor of Anthropology

Sherine Hamdy is a professor of anthropology at the University of California Irvine. Before that, she was at Brown University, where she worked and taught since 2006. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the New York University Department of Anthropology. Her first book Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt was published by the University of California in 2012.  She also works in visual media, particularly with comics as a new medium for anthropology. She is the co-author, with Coleman Nye, of "Lissa: a story of friendship, medical promise, and revolution," which is the debut anthropological graphic novel of the University of Toronto Press' ethnoGRAPHIC series (Fall 2017). She is co-editor of the UTP series which continues to encourage anthropologists to adopt illustration and comics forms to present their ethnographic research.