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Hoda M. Zaki

Hoda Zaki

Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science, Director of African American Studies, Coordinator of the Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies minor

Tel: 301-696-3697
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 117
Office hours: By appointment


  • B.A. The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
  • M.A., Atlanta University
  • Ph.D., Atlanta University

Courses taught

  • PSCI 304 Philanthropy and Civic Life
  • PSCI 332 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • PSCI 333 Modern Political Thought
  • PSCI 470 Seminar on Election and Voting Studies
  • AFPS 353 Contemporary African Political Thought
  • AFAM 470 African American Feminist Thought


Hoda Zaki specializes in 20th century utopian and African American political thought. She teaches courses in African and African American political thought, autobiography and politics, and elections and voting. Her publications focus on utopian thought in popular culture, black science fiction, voting, and the intersection of race, education and civil rights in the 1950s. She has served as an election judge in Maryland since 2002 and observes elections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has founded and leads two programs at Hood College: the African American Studies and the Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies minors.


  • Civil Rights and Politics at Hampton Institute: The Legacy of Alonzo G. Moron (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007)
  • Orientalism in Science Fiction, in Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-Americans and Arab-Candadian Feminists (Boston: South End Press, 1994)
  • From Montgomery to Tahrir Square: The Transnational Journeys of Nonviolence and Utopia. Utopian Studies 26, 1 (2015): 203-219.
  • Co-authored with Joy Hendrickson. Reuniting with the Source: Modern African Ideologies. The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. Eds. Michael Freeden, Marc Stears, and Lyman Tower Sargent. (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • New Spaces of Utopian Politics: Theorizing about Identity, Community, and the World Conference Against Racism. In Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming, eds. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini, Ralahine Utopian Studies, vol. 1 (Oxford and Berne: Peter Lang, 2007): 267-300.
  • A Rendezvous with History: The Birth of a Global Anti-Racist Community in Durban, South Africa at the World Conference Against Racism. Readings in American Political Issues 2nd ed., eds. by Franklin D. Jones and Michael O. Adams. (Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2004): 397-414.
  • The Politics of Space and Spaces for Politics: Theorizing About Community Then and Now. In Beyond the Color Line? Race, Redistricting, and Community, ed. Alex Willingham. (NY: The Brennan Center, New York University School of Law, 2002), pp. 173-190.
  • Orientalism in Science Fiction. In Food For Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists ed. by Joanna Kadi (Boston: South End Press, 1994): 181-187.
  • Utopia, Dystopia, and Ideology in the Science Fiction of Octavia Butler. Science-Fiction Studies 17 (1990): 239-251.