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Dr. Shadi Hamid, RHS Hall of Famer, to Give Graduation Keynote

May 24, 2019


Dr. Shadi Hamid, a 2001 Radnor High School Graduate and 2015 RHS Hall of Fame Inductee, to Present Keynote Address at Class of 2019 Commencement


 Dr. Hamid is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Contributing Editor at "The Atlantic"


Shadi Hamid Members of the Class of 2019 will hear from an accomplished and worldly alumnus when Dr. Shadi Hamid, a 2001 Radnor High School graduate and 2015 RHS Hall of Fame inductee, addresses this year's seniors and their families and friends at Commencement on June 12 at 4 p.m. at the Finneran Pavillion at Villanova University.


A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, Dr. Hamid is the author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize for best book on foreign affairs, and co-editor of Rethinking Political Islam. His first book, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East, was named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2014. An expert on Islam and politics, Dr. Hamid served as director of research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014.


Dr. Hamid has also written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and has been a guest on "PBS NewsHour," CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and "The Lead with Jake Tapper," MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," and FOX News' "America’s Newsroom."


Dr. Hamid has conducted extensive fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Turkey. He was in Tahrir Square when long-time Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan, a David L. Boren Fellow in Egypt, and a resident fellow at the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, during which Dr. Hamid spend hundreds of hours interviewing members and leaders of some of the world’s most controversial Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and ultra-conservative Salafi movements.


Prior to joining Brookings, Dr. Hamid was director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He also served as a program specialist on public diplomacy at the U.S. State Depart­ment and a legislative fellow at the Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Dr. Hamid received his B.S. and M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.