Dr. Heba F. El-Shazli is Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations Theory, Politics, Government and Society of the Middle East, and Political Islam. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS). Dr. El-Shazli has 28 years of experience in civic and union organizing, institution building, leadership skills training, labor education and training methodologies, political advocacy, and development, implementation and management of international programs. An Egyptian-born, naturalized American citizen, El-Shazli was educated in Egypt, England, and the United States. Her work with trade unions, political institutions, political parties, and NGOs has taken her to Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, Iran, South America, Western Europe, the United States, and to the Middle East and North Africa. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org). Fluent in three languages (Arabic, French and English), El-Shazli holds a Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs, from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She also holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown. (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/nefertari/).