Mohamed Elgohari

Mohamed Elgohari

Mohamed Elgohari

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sociology: Political Sociology, Law, Democratization, Social Movements, Middle East, Egypt.

I am currently pursuing my doctorate, PhD Candidate, in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at George Mason University, where my research is primarily centered on the legal dynamics and authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a particular emphasis on Egypt. My scholarly interests encompass the sociology of law, democratization processes, state-society interactions, and the influence of social movements within the regional context. In my capacity as a doctoral candidate, I have had the opportunity to instruct courses on the complex interplay between violence and religion at George Mason University.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I hold the position of Senior Research Language Analyst at the University of Chicago's Project on Security and Threats (CPOST). My role entails the examination and analysis of propaganda disseminated by Jihadist groups, thereby contributing to the broader understanding of these organizations' intentions and strategies.


Current Research

  • Law and Authoritarianism 
  • Jihadist groups' propaganda 

Selected Publications

Grants and Fellowships

  • GSAS Teaching and Learning Program, New York University.
  • Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program. 
  • Model American Congress exchange program, Washington DC.

Courses Taught

  • Violence, Conflict, and Peace. 
  • Sociology of Religion (TA).


  • BA in Political Science, Cairo University.
  • MA in Comparative Politics, New York University

Recent Presentations

  • Arab Graduate Student Conference 2018
  • 12th annual symposium of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy, South Africa. 
  • Egyptian Revolution Working Group, George Washington University. 
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC.
  • Middle East Dialogue Conference. 
  • Institute for Humane Studies, Academic Research Colloquium, George Mason University.                        
  • St. Joseph College, New York City. 
  • City College, New York City. 
  • Arab-Turkish Congress of Social Science, Istanbul.
  • Cultural Seasons in Egypt: Artistic Expression and Public Discourse, Egypt.