The award was given to Sherine Hafez, Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Middle East and Islamic Cultures at the University of California, Riverside. Hafez’s research focuses on Islamic movements and gender studies in Arab, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures. She is the author of the award-winning book, Women of the Midan, The Untold Stories of Egypt’s Revolutionaries (Indiana University Press, 2019) which discusses Egypt’s revolutionary women and gendered corporeal resistance in the Middle East.
Her published volumes includes, An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion And Secularism In Women's Islamic Movements (New York University Press, 2011) and, The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt (2003). She has co-edited, Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium, (Indiana University Press, 2013) and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. She is past president of the Association of Middle East Anthropologists, the current President Elect of the Association of Middle East Women's Studies and a Fulbright scholar who was awarded for her scholarship on Arab Sicily.