Rim Naguib has a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University (Illinois, USA), and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS). As an academic, she is interested in analyzing the mechanisms of cultural hegemony and the roots of nationalist imaginations, but also tracing exceptional and counter-nationalist trajectories.
Beside academic research, she has a passion for comics, and has co-translated two graphic novels into Arabic (Zahra's Paradise and Les Meilleurs Ennemis). She has also contributed in a forthcoming collection of graphic interpretations of four women's experiences in the Egyptian uprising of 2011. Wishing to combine socio-historical research with her love of visual literature, she is now in the process of producing her own graphic novel about counter-nationalist trajectories in interwar Alexandria.
Rim has taught in various initiatives aiming to take the critical social sciences outside the closed and conventional academic institutions, such as Mobtadaa, a project targeting high school students in Egypt, and the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS).
As an alumnus of the United World Colleges (UWC) and a believer in its educational mission, she has been heading the Egyptian UWC National Committee for nine years, conducting yearly selections of Egyptian high school students to receive scholarships and enroll in the schools of this global educational movement.