Living a Revolution, Studying to Make Change
As a rising junior, Hady Hewidy ’17 took part in a Levitt Summer Research Fellowship that analyzed political engagement and participation in Egypt in the decade leading up to the 2011 revolution. Before he studied it, he took part in the historic event.
“It was an extremely significant experience for me to transition from (being) a participant in Egypt's revolution to someone who is trying to examine and understand the same events academically,” he says.
Hewidy, who is from Cairo, joined in on the protests and sit-ins that demanded the Egyptian government to transition from a military junta to an elected government. Since then, he's remained an activist: In 2014 he helped launch a program to support the Bedouins’ hiking industry in the high mountain region of the Sinai Peninsula. At Hamilton, Hewidy majors in economics and world politics.
Part of his Levitt research looked at the effects of neoliberal economic policies on political participation in Egypt in the 2000s, and he may pursue economics research over another summer. He also studied in France.
“Studying in Paris allowed me to strengthen my French language skills which is an extremely valuable asset in the field of politics and economics,” Hewidy says.