Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Shaza Ismail
Randolph-Macon College welcomes Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Shaza Gamal
Ismail, associate professor from Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt, for the 2012-2013
academic year. Ismail will teach “Ancient Egyptian History,” “Women in Egyptian
Politics,” and “Coptic Art in Egypt.” She will also give public lectures on campus
and in the greater Richmond area.
“We are thrilled to host Dr. Ismail at Randolph-Macon College,” says R-MC President
Robert R. Lindgren. “Her expertise and unique perspectives complement our rigorous
Ismail brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in early Christian art and architecture,
ancient Egyptian history and art and Egyptian politics. She has taught at Helwan
University in Cairo for nine years and has also been a lecturer at the University
of Wales, United Kingdom. Ismail was awarded a Fulbright Scholar fellowship to teach
at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007. In addition,
she is a member of the International Association of Coptic Studies (IACS), the American
Research Centre in Egypt (ARSCE), and the Arab Syndicate of Tour Guides. She has
published a dozen research and scholarly papers in respected journals and for conferences
and academic organizations.
Ismail earned her bachelor’s degree in Tourism Guidance and her master’s degree
in Early Christian Art from Helwan University. She earned her Ph.D. in Early Christian
Art and Architecture from Helwan University and the University of Wales, United
This is the second Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to visit Randolph-Macon. During
the 2009-2010 academic year, Randolph-Macon hosted Tang Hao, associate professor
of economics at South China Normal University. Tang’s lectures and courses focused
on the economic relationship between China and the world and China’s contemporary
economy and politics.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars from abroad
to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to teaching courses, scholars
give campus-wide and/or community lectures, help initiate international programs
and contribute to curriculum development. The program is especially appropriate
for small liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges.
The Fulbright Program is supported by the U.S. Department of State.