Atef Said practiced human rights law and directed research initiatives in human rights organizations in Egypt from 1995 to 2004. He is author of Torture in Egypt: A Judicial Reality(2000), published by the Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners, and Torture Is a Crime Against Humanity (2008), published by the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. Both organizations are based in Cairo. He is a now a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, writing his dissertation about the Egyptian revolution of 2011. In the dissertation, based on ethnographic and archival materials, he investigates the power of Tahrir Square in the revolution, with a special focus on the role of space in revolutions and social movements. He is currently a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Sociology Department. He published articles appeared in different journals, including Social Research Journal and also published in US Amnesty Magazine, the Immanent Frame Blog of the Social Science Research Council, as well as Jadaliyya.
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