Sherine Farouk Hamdy

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Professor, Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
Ph.D., New York University, 2006, Anthropology
M.A., Stanford University, 1998, Anthropology
Phone: (949) 824-6644
University of California, Irvine
3328 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gatewa
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
bioethics, medical anthropology, comics, Arab world, Egypt, narrative, ethno-fiction
Academic Distinctions

Sabbagh Distinguished Lectureship, University of Arizona, 2020.

PROSE Award, Cultural Anthropology & Sociology, American Publishers Award for Lissa (2018)

Clifford Geertz Book Prize, Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Honorable Mention for Our Bodies Belong to God (2013)

Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Princeton

Rudolph S. Virchow Award, for best professional article, Society for Medical Anthropology (2009)
Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt (University of California, 2002)

Lissa: a story of friendship, medical promise, and revolution (University of Toronto Press, 2017), co-authored with Coleman Nye, illustrated by Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer
(co-authored with Coleman Nye) "Comics and revolution as global public health intervention: The Case of Lissa." Global public health (2019): 1-21.
co-authored with Soha Bayoumi, “Egypt’s Popular Uprisings and the Stakes of Medical Neutrality,” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 2016
“All Eyes on Egypt: Islam and the Medical Use of Dead Bodies Amidst Cairo’s Political Unrest” Medical Anthropology 2016
co-authored with Megan Crowley-Matoka, “Gendering the Gift of Life: Family Politics and Kidney Donation in Egypt and Mexico” Medical Anthropology, 2016
“Political Challenges to Biomedical Universalism: Kidney Failure Among Egypt’s Poor” Medical Anthropology Volume 32(4): 374-392. 2013

“Not Quite Dead: Why Egyptian Doctors Refuse the Diagnosis of Death by Neurological Criteria” Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Volume 35(2): 147-160. 2013

“Strength and Vulnerability After Egypt’s Arab Spring Uprisings,” American Ethnologist, Volume 39(1):43-48. 2012

“The Organ Transplant Debate in Egypt: A Social Anthropological Analysis” Droits et Cultures Volume 59:357-365. 2010

“Islam, Fatalism, and Medical Intervention: Lessons from Egypt on the Cultivation of Forbearance (Sabr) and Reliance on God (Tawakkul)” Anthropological Quarterly Volume 82(1):173-196. 2009

“When the State and Your Kidneys Fail: Political Etiologies in an Egyptian Dialysis Ward,” American Ethnologist, Volume 35(4):1-17. (Winner of the Rudolph Virchow Professional Award from the Society of Medical Anthropology). 2008

“Blinding Ignorance: Medical Science, Diseased Eyes, and Religious Practice in Egypt” Arab Studies Journal, Volume XII(2)/Volume XIII(1):26-45. 2005
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