Mohamed Mandour joined us for a conversation about human rights abuses in authoritarian regimes, freedom of speech in U.S. academia and beyond, and how U.S. universities should counter the repression imposed upon international MENA scholars. He also shared details about his current and future research projects and highlighted how he wishes his activism and policy work on human rights would change lived realities in Egypt.

Mohamed is a Master of Human Rights student at the University of Minnesota and a research assistant at the Human Rights Program (HRP) at the university. He was a PEN America Free Expression Leadership Fellow this past summer. He was also the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), where he focuses his research on Egyptians in exile, their forms of political mobilization and organizing, and the challenges they face, among which is transnational repression. He last served as an Atlas Corps Research Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). He also previously worked as a researcher at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). Mohamed has diverse research interests that include issues related to freedom of expression and religious minorities, digital repression and technology, and the global threats to academic freedom. He has published several articles with prominent outlets, including TIMEP, Jadaliyya, and CIHRS.

This is the seventeenth installment in a series of interviews with artists, academics, activists, and other migrants of Egypt around the world. Check out previous conversations in the series and stay tuned for our next installment.


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