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Hoda Zaki named Virginia E. Lewis Professor in Political Science

Friday, August 24, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A longtime professor at Hood College was named the Virginia E. Lewis Professor in Political Science.

Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science, joined the Hood faculty in 1993. During her 19-year tenure she has held numerous leadership positions, including founding director of the African American studies program, co-director of the honors program and chair of the history and political science department.

Previous Virginia E. Lewis Professors include Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, who served as a visiting lecturer; U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, visiting chair in politics; and Marge Elfin, Ph.D., professor of politics.

A highly regarded teacher and scholar, Zaki specializes in 20th century utopian and African American political thought. Her publications focus on utopian thought in popular culture, black science fiction and the intersection of race, education and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.

She is the author of many articles, including Orientalism in Science Fiction, published in Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-Americans and Arab-Canadian Feminists, and the highly acclaimed book, Civil Rights and Politics at Hampton Institute: The Legacy of Alonzo G. Moron.  

Zaki earned a bachelor of science degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a master's and a doctoral degree from Clark-Atlanta University, all within the political science discipline. Prior to joining the Hood faculty, she was a faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and Hampton University in Virginia.

The late Virginia E. Lewis, emerita professor of political science, taught at Hood College from 1947 until 1981. The professorship was established in 1985 by alumnae and friends following her death. Lewis is credited with starting the law and society program at Hood and for introducing Fieldwork in Politics, an innovative course offered during a time when most colleges did not award credit for experiential learning.

Lewis, an astute political analyst, advised dozens of leaders in Maryland and the nation and served on a number of political panels.