Hamid E Ali is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and one of the founders of public policy program and former Director of Master of Global Affairs at AUC. Prior to joining AUC, Ali taught at Southern Methodist University and Texas State University. Ali obtained his Ph.D. degree in economics and public policy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004.

In 2008, Ali was appointed as Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at AUC’s Department of Public Policy and Administration. In 2013, Ali was promoted to Associate Professor at AUC’s Department of Public Policy and Administration. In 2013 he was appointed as the Chair of the Department.

As educator, his area of teaching is public policy theories, Research Methods, economics for public policy analysis and applied quantitative analysis, globalization and development. His research interests are in the areas of peace economics, inequality and economic development. In addition, Ali is a member of editorial board for Defence and Peace Economics; Economics of Peace and Security Journal; and Digest of Middle East Study; and Guest editor for Defense and Peace Economics in 2012-2013. He has membership on various professional and academic organizations.

He has practical experience on how the government’s agencies operate; he was a researcher at US government Accountability Office (GAO), where he was a major contributor on various reports to congressional committees on issues related to US Army’s chemical and biological units’ readiness, Farm subsidy programs and FCC regulation of the digital spectrums. Ali worked at Texas Workforce Commission and the Center for Transportation Research in Texas. Also he is working with parties in Sudan conflict to end the human suffering, democratic transition and reconstruction.

His most recent publication includes: “Military Spending and Natural Resource: Evidence from Rentier States in Middle East and North Africa" Defence and Peace Economics; “Military Spending and Human Development Guns and Butter Argument Revisited: A Case from Egypt” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; “Reserve Requirements and Optimal Monetary Policy in Economies with Informal Sector” International Journal of Banking and Finance; “War food cost and Countervailing Policies: A Panel Data Approach” Food Policy; “Military spending and Panel Granger Causality Test” Journal of Peace Research. “Military Spending and Inequality: Evidence from Global Data” Defense and Peace Economics. “Political Economy of Grant Allocations: Case from U S Federal Highway Programs” Publis: Journal of Federalism). Finally, edited Book under review with Rutledge “Handbook on Darfur Political Economy”

He is regular commentator and contributor for BBC, Alarabia TV, NileTV; Voice of America; Radio Sawa; Alhuda TV; Daily News Egypt, Sudan Tribune and Cairo Review.