Shalaby is currently working on a book manuscript exploring female political representation under authoritarian systems. She has published extensively on gender and politics in the Middle East. Her current work focuses on the effect of autocratic rule, electoral laws and other institutional arrangements on shaping not only women’s access to power, but also their legislative behavior in Arab parliaments. In addition, she is collaborating with international and regional scholars on a number of papers to be published at different academic outlets.
Shalaby recently published, with nonresident fellow Valentine Moghadam of Northeastern University, an edited volume on empowering women post-Arab Spring. She also organized a January 2017 conference on establishing pluralistic political systems in the Middle East.
Marwa Shalaby, Ph.D., is a fellow for the Middle East and director of the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program. Her research is in the field of comparative politics and research methodology, with a concentration on Middle Eastern politics, gender politics and democratization. Her ongoing research investigates the dynamics of female political representation in the MENA region. Her work is supported by the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Endowment, the Boniuk Institute and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut.
Shalaby graduated with honors from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, one of the most prestigious institutions in the Middle East, with a bachelor of arts. She also studied at the American University in Cairo and the Sorbonne in Paris before heading to the United States to earn her doctorate from the University of Houston.