Heba M. Khalil

Heba M. Khalil is a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA). She holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of York (UK) and a BA in Political Science and History from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Her research focuses on social movements, legal activism, rural politics and the Political Economy of Egypt.

“I’d Rather be Teaching!” – Transforming Injustice into Action in a Graduate Labor Movement

How did a group of students who “would rather be teaching,” come to organize, sustain, and finally emerge as victors in a campus-wide movement? This photo-essay analyzes the role of emotions, injustice framing, and interaction rituals in a successful graduate student labor movement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.