Monique El-Faizy

About the Author

Monique El-Faizy is a Cairo-based journalist with more than 20 years' experience. She has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Marie Claire, GQ, Glamour, Moscow Magazine, and the Moscow Guardian, and has lived and worked in Russia, Europe, Asia and the United States. Covering beats ranging from Wall Street to the Arab-American community, she has held staff positions at the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press and the Record of Hackensack. She was a medical blogger for AOL’s ParentDish and a blogumnist for the Egyptian website, Bikya Masr.

El-Faizy’s work tends to focus on people or groups that are disenfranchised and/or misunderstood, and to bring nuance to subjects that are usually depicted in broad strokes. She is the author of "God and Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America's New Mainstream" and is working on a book about Egypt.

El-Faizy is a project leader at the World Policy Institute, a board member of Doctors of the World-USA and the co-founder of Mwikali’s Gift, a 501(c)3 relief organization working in the village of Usalama, Kenya. El-Faizy has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Egyptian and Dutch by heritage, she grew up in the United States. She is fluent in Russian and French and speaks a smattering of Arabic, a condition she is hoping her two Arabic tutors will be able to improve.

El-Faizy lives in Cairo with her two young sons. You can find her blogging about her adventure at

Selected Publications