HEBA RAOUF EZZAT is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science of Cairo University, affiliate professor at the American University in Cairo, and currently Chevening Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Her research, publications and activism are focused on comparative political theory, women in Islam, global civil society, new social movements and the sociology of virtual space. She is cofounder of Islamonline.net, now Onislam.net, and advisor to several youth civil initiatives. In January 2011, she was a prominent activist, participating in protest and contributing to political debate, as well as liaising with groups of differing political currents. She recently participated in establishing the House of Wisdom, the first independent Egyptian think-tank founded after the 2011 revolution.