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Hind Elhinnawy

Hind Elhinnawy

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Hind joined NTU as a Lecturer in Criminology in October 2019. Her teaching revolves around her research interests. This includes leading the 'Research Project' (dissertation) module, teaching on level 5 'Diversity in Crimes & Prejudice' & 'Criminology in the Real World', and level 7 'Application to Criminological Theory and research Methods'. Hind's role includes supervising UG and PG dissertations, and she is available for new PhD students. Hind is  co-directing the 'Critical Criminology and Social Justice Research Group.' She is also the department's representative for the Athena Swan Charter and the school's representative for UCU.

Career overview

Hind's research and teaching experience include the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, at the American University in Cairo, the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Cairo, Strategy Ray, the Ibn Khaldun Centre for Developmental Studies, and the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, where she worked on both personal and collaborative research projects. This is coupled with over a decade of gender-focused social and political activism, and acclaimed experience in conducting and leading participatory action research. In Egypt, Hind has spoken on many televised shows, featured in numerous newspaper articles, and fought and succeeded to change personal status and sexual harassment laws. Her scholarly/activist experience in multiple countries/schools has allowed her to collaborate closely with several researchers, activists and policymakers. This collaboration has led to the organisation of events, publications, supervision of postgraduate students, and the submission of research proposals to external funding. In her current role, Hind has founded and co-directed a new research group ‘Critical Criminology and Social Justice’ and organised several events, internal and external facing that have garnered local and international recognition.

Research areas

Hind's PhD thesis was about secular Muslim women’s attempts to counter-story their lives in the face of the prevailing discourses and dominant narratives, that are unhelpful or even harmful. It was also an examination of the challenges and complexities of such discursive work. Some of her current research synthesises and extends insights brought forth through the chapters of her PhD thesis, others continue to support discursive resistance and the circulation of alternative visions and voices, that open new possibilities, which can be used to develop practical applications in the service of social change. And the rest are an inspiration of the current COVID-19 situation and her job as an educator. Hind's research interests break into three main directions: 1- Muslim women critics of Islamism, 2- COVID-19 and its impact on working women, and 3- Decolonising the Curriculum. Hind's agenda for the coming years aims to continue the focus on gender, race/ethnicity, dissent/resilience and social change, in aspirations to examine the harms to which women and other marginalised groups are subjected to as a result of global social processes and their efforts to take control of their futures.

External activity

At present, Hind is working with Nottingham Women’s Centre in developing better peer support for women who are experiencing mental/emotional difficulties. She is also working with Nottingham Citizens, the Better Learning Action Team, to make a change in the area of educational racial inequality.


Elhinnawy, H., 2021. Mothers of Intervention: The Politics of Motherhood in the Battle Against ISIS. Reading, ACI, pp. 97 - 103. Available at or

Elhinnawy, H. 2019. Contested Voices: Secular Muslim Women in the Age of ISIS. PhD Thesis. University of Kent. Available at

Elhinnawy, H., 2012. Rethinking Gender in the New Muslim Public Sphere: New Egyptian Religious Satellite Television in Relation to Young Female Viewers. Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

In Press:

Elhinnawy, H. 2021. Teaching, Learning and Research at the times of COVID-19: A Critical Autoethnography of a Woman of Colour in British Academia. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resources Development.

In Review:

Elhinnawy, H. 2021. Decolonising the Curriculum in Criminology: Students’ Perspectives. Submitted to the Race, Ethnicity and Education Journal.

Elhinnawy, H. 2022. A Contested Voice? Secular Muslim Women in the Age of ISIS in Eggert, J. Muslim Women and (Counter)Terrorism: Experiences from the UK. London, Bloomsbury.

Elhinnawy, H.; Kennedy M.; Gomes, S. 2022. From Public to Private: Women, COVID-19 and the Workplace. Submitted to Community, Work and Family Journal.


Elhinnawy, H. 2022. Who decides Who the Subaltern is? Reflections on Voice and Representation To be submitted to Gender, Place and Culture Journal.

Elhinnawy, H. 2022. Feminist Solidarity in Transnational Space: The Case of Secular Muslim Women Activists in Britain and France. To be submitted to the Journal of International Women’s Studies.

Elhinnawy, H. 2022. Secular Muslim Feminists and the Other Side of Islamophobia in Zempi, I. & Easat-Das A. The Handbook of Gendered Islamophobia. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Elhinnawy, H. 2023. The Secular Muslim Woman: An Alternative Voice in the War of Ideas. London, Bloomsbury.

Elhinnawy, H. (ed.) 2023. Decolonising the Curriculum: Staff and Students’ Reflections. London Palgrave Macmillan.

Press expertise

The Conversation, October 28th, 2021: Afghanistan: The West Needs to Stop Seeing Women as in Need of ‘Saving’

Sisterhood, August 29th, 2018: Being a Feminist in Arab Muslim Society

The Independent, June 17th, 2018: Over a Decade ago I Made Legal History in Egypt, But to Fight for Women's Rights we Need to Change the Culture, not Just the Laws.