Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), and initiated the creation of DSP (Decolonial Studies Program) at the University of the Philippines’ Center for Integrative and Development Studies. He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity, and Muslim governance in the Philippines. Aside from Co-IRIS, PHISO, and DSP, he also embarked on creating the following publication platforms of which he is co-editing:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers)
– Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press)
– Islam in the Philippines series (DLSU Publishing House)
Nassef co-edited International Studies in the Philippines: Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice (2020), Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms (2018), Islam and International Relations: Contributions to Theory and Practice (2016), and edited International Relations and Islam: Diverse Perspectives (2013). His recent articles appeared in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, Springer’s Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives, Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Islamic Perspective Journal, Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law, The Quarterly Journal of Political Studies of Islamic World, Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, among others. He had reviewed articles for the Journal of Law and Religion (CUP), Foreign Policy Analysis (OUP), Critical Research on Religion (SAGE), Millennium: Journal of International Studies (SAGE), among others.
At the International Studies Association (ISA), he was elected as the At-Large South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Representative of the Global South Caucus of International Studies (GSCIS) and appointed as one of the 7-committee members on the Status of Representation and Diversity (CSRD). He was a Chevening fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, a 2018 TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men & Women) honoree of the JCI Philippines, a SUSI (Study of the United States Institutes) scholar on religious pluralism at The Dialogue Institute of the Temple University, and a full bursary recipient of the online course on “Muslims and Jews: The Historical and Contemporary Encounter” provided by the WOOLF Institute in Cambridge, UK.
At the University of the Philippines Diliman, Nassef is assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, the project leader of the CIDS Decolonial Studies Program, and affiliate faculty at the Center for International Studies. In 2017, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines conferred him the Professorial Chairholder in Political Science and International Relations. He is an adviser and member of the Multi-Sector Advisory Group (MSAB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service.
Nassef obtained his PhD in International Relations (as EMMA scholar or EU’s Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia scholarship and as TÜBİTAK fellow or The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s fellowship), Master in International Studies (as UP Presidential scholar and Willy Keng scholar), and BA in International Studies (as UE University President scholar, UE University scholar, UE College scholar, and Quezon City government scholar in various semesters) from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), University of the Philippines Diliman, and University of the East (Manila, Philippines), respectively. He also earned PhD units in Civilization Studies at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul.