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Before starting his academic career, Atef Said worked in Egypt as a human rights attorney. He practiced human rights law and directed research initiatives in human rights organizations in Egypt from 1995 to 2004. He is the author of two books about torture in Egypt (published in Arabic, in Egypt in 2000 and 2008). He published articles appeared in different journals, including Social Research and also published in US Amnesty Magazine, the Immanent Frame Blog of the Social Science Research Council, as well as Jadaliyya. He started the Ph.D. program in Michigan Sociology in 2006, where he is currently a Ph.D. Candidate, and working on his dissertation about the Egyptian revolution of 2011. His dissertation investigates the power of Tahrir Square in the Egyptian revolution of 2011. For the dissertation, Said combines ethnographic and archival research collected in two stages of research in Egypt. The first trip was during the revolution, as he was in Egypt from February 4, to April 16, 2011. He plans to defend his dissertation on the summer of 2014.
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