Fahmy has two books in the works that look at the future of political Islam and the role of liberalism in the Middle East. She has published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy.
She has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. In 2014, Fahmy was one of the recipients of the prestigious Kleigman Prize in Political Science. In 2016, she was awarded the Newton Prize for Excellence.
Fahmy has been interviewed by and written op-eds in various media outlets including ABC, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and Al-Jazeera.
Fahmy received her B.A. from New York University in politics and Middle Eastern studies, with a minor in peace and global policy studies. She then completed a Master of Arts from New York University in international relations. While completing her Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, she earned a second Master of Arts in comparative politics.