Hazem is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy in History and Middle Eastern Studies. His research interrogates the interrelations between capital, class, and state power through a commodity history of music production in Egypt between 1882 and 1952, using business and state archives, personal papers, music treatises, the periodical press and musical recordings. He was awarded an International Research Dissertation Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council and a Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources by the Council on Library and Information Resources for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.
At NYU, he has taught the introductory Emergence of the Modern Middle East course and served as Adjunct Instructor for courses on African, Japanese, Iranian and Middle East History, as well as Middle Eastern Politics. Before coming to NYU, he studied International Relations at the University of Toronto where he was associate editor of the Journal of Law and Equality, and senior editor of the Indigenous Law Journal. He subsequently worked as the Communications Officer of the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (Bethlehem, Palestine) where he was editor in chief of the quarterly magazine al-Majdal. He also holds an MA in Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut.
He was senior producer and host of the radio shows KanYaMakan on Toronto’s CKLN, and of Unfortunately, it was Paradise on WNYU. His first literary translation (of Palestinian novelist Maya Abu al-Hayyat’s La Ahad Ya’rif Zumrat Damih) is under submission, and received PEN America’s nomination to the New York State Council for the Arts.