A graphic novelist and Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California-Irvine, Sherine Hamdy speaks nationally and internationally on the role of comics as a teaching tool and on social justice and representation in comics. Most recently, she has led a seminar at Seattle Children’s Hospital, delivered the keynote address at DePauw University’s undergraduate conference in Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, and spoke on about social justice and comics at St. John’s University and Swarthmore.
Sherine writes out of a desire to contribute to more honest depictions of Arab and Muslim Americans. Her young adult graphic novel, Jabs, illustrated by Myra El-Mir, is forthcoming from Kokila in 2020 and tells the coming-of-age story of an Egyptian-American girl living in Long Island and struggling with her first year of college. In 2017, she published a graphic novel co-authored with Coleman Nye called Lissa: A Story of Friendship, Medical Promise, and Revolution (University of Toronto/EthnoGRAPHICS). This story draws on Sherine’s work on Muslim ethics and health care practices in Egypt, as well as Coleman Nye's research on women in the U.S. who test positive for the BRCA cancer gene.