Helen Mary Rizzo is an associate professor of sociology at The American University in Cairo and she received her PhD in sociology from Ohio State University in 2000. She has published numerous articles on public opinion, citizenship rights, women’s activism, and the democratization process in Kuwait. Her book, Islam, Democracy and the Status of Women: The Case of Kuwait, was published in 2005 by Routledge Press.
Her more recent projects include working with colleagues from anthropology and media studies on a British Academy Small Grants funded project, titled Youth Perspectives on Gender Norms and Public Sexual Violence in Cairo: Cultural and Media Perspectives, in addition to research focusing on social movement campaigns against public space sexual harassment in Egypt including issues of masculinities. Rizzo has also volunteered in the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights campaign titled Making Our Streets Safe for Everyone and worked as a research consultant with Harassmap, an initiative to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment.
She is currently the chair of the Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology and serves on the graduate advisory committee of the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at AUC.