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Ingy Higazy
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
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  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 9
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

Summary of Expertise

My work sits at the intersection of political theory, critical political economy, and, broadly defined, urban studies. I am also interested in critical social theory in relation to state and society in the Middle East and North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Europe. I research questions of urban space and infrastructure, violence, the body, state-making, capitalism, mobility, the environment, colonialism, and resistance--both contemporary and historical. 


My dissertation project explores the politics of global movement and connectivity in post-colonial Egypt and the Mediterranean. 

Research Interests

Political and Critical Theory; Urban Politics and Space; Infrastructure; Violence; Political Economy; State-Making; Postcolonialism; Feminism; Marxism; Critical Geography; Cultural Studies (Modern Arabic Art, Literature, and Film); Middle East and Europe (with a focus on Egypt and France). 

Biography, Education and Training

I hold a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude, 2016) in Honors Political Science (specialized in International Relations) and History, with a minor in Arab and Islamic Civilization, from the American University in Cairo (AUC). 


In Cairo, I worked with a number of English-language media outlets, magazines, and newspapers, such as Mada MasrAhram Online (the English-language edition of Egypt's oldest newspaper, est. 1875), Tahrir News Network, Community TimesEgypt Today, and Egyptian Streets. I also worked as an intern and consultant with the Deutsche Geselleschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), supporting the project, Implementing the New Urban Agenda (UN Habitat III) in Egypt (INUA). 


At UCSC, I served as the Graduate Student Fellow (2019-2020) for the Legal Studies Program. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Fellowship, 2019-2020


Politics Department Travel Grant, Winter-Spring 2020


International Studies Association (ISA) Travel Grant, March 2020


Politics Department Summer Fellowship (to conduct preliminary fieldwork), Summer 2019, UCSC


Politics Department Conference Support, 2018-2019, UCSC


Graduate Student Association (GSA) Travel Grant, Winter 2019, UCSC


Regents’ Fellowship, Fall 2017, UCSC


Academic Achievement Scholarship, Fall 2012 – Spring 2016, AUC


Academy of Liberal Arts’ (ALA) 2016 Honors Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, AUC


Best Student Award, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS), AUC


Best Research Day Poster, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP)


Dean’s List of Honors, Fall 2012 – Spring 2016


Student Union Travel Grant, AUC


Undergraduate Travel Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), AUC

Selected Publications


“On Cultural Inspectors and the Culture of Inspection: Law and Artistic Production in Egypt,” in Law and Society in Post Revolution Egypt, 2011-2015. Forthcoming Fall 2019, Arabic: Dar Al-Shorouk, English: AUC Press.


“The Possibility of Lebanon: Economic Empowerment, Social Change, and the Founding of Greater Lebanon,” The Undergraduate Research Journal (URJe), [forthcoming]


“Fully-equipped or Ill-equipped? Occupation and the Question of Israeli-Jewish Settlements in International Law,” Public International Law Blog, June 2015.


Selected Presentations




"Spatial Justice and Everyday Violence in Post-Revolution Cairo," March 04, 2019

Delivered to undergraduate students in Politics 152 – Middle East Politics at UCSC

"Docile Bodies are Not Revolting Bodies: What Egypt Tells Us About Discipline and Punish," November 29, 2018

Delivered to undergraduate students in Politics 105C – Modern Political Thought at UCSC





International Studies Association (ISA), Honolulu, Hawaii – “Infrastructures of Violence and Containment in the Mediterranean Sea,” March 2020

Middle East Studies Association (MESA), New Orleans, Louisiana – Panel Chair, “Infrastructure: Concrete and Constructed,” November 2019

Association for Political Theory (APT), Irvine, California – “Violent Infrastructures and the Production of Militarized Urban Space,” October 2019

International Studies Association (ISA), Toronto, Canada – “Violent Infrastructures and the Production of Militarized Urban Space in Zones of Exception,” March 2019

Society for Socialist Studies at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – ‘Energizing Class Struggles: Race, Gender and Colonialism,’ The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada – “Egypt’s Peripheral Colony: Violence, Disciplinary Power, and State Making in the Sinai Peninsula, 1979-Present,” May/June 2016

Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship and Creative Achievement (EURECA), AUC, “The Possibility of Lebanon: Economic Empowerment, Social Change, and the Founding of Greater Lebanon, 1860-1920,” April 2016 

Research Day, AUC, “Institutionalizing Creative Expression: The Law and Art Production in Egypt,” March 2016 

Law and Society in Egypt, 2011-2015, LSRU, AUC, “Institutionalizing Creative Expression: The Law and Art Production in Egypt,” November 2015 

Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship and Creative Achievement (EURECA), AUC, “Political Feuds and Education in the New State of Israel, 1948-1953,” February 2015 

Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship and Creative Achievement (EURECA), AUC, “Chronicling l’Algérie Française: Settler-colonialism, Orientalism, and Colonial Policy, 1830-1914,” February 2015 

Teaching Interests

TA Experience: 

Poli 105B - Early Modern Political Thought (with Professor Vanita Seth)

Poli 105C - Modern Political Thought (with Professor Thomas Serres)

Poli 70 - Global Politics (with Professor Ronnie Lipschutz)

Poli 17 - US and the World Economy (with Professor Matt Sparke)

Poli 120A - Congress, the President, and the Courts in American Politics (with Professor Dan Wirls)