Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), and DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network). He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations (particularly, comparing Islamic governance with the nation-state system), and explores Muslim polities in Southeast Asia. Presently, ranked as Associate Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, where his decolonial ideas led him in the creation of the CIDS Decolonial Studies Program. In the same university, he is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for International Studies and was a former co-convenor of the CIDS Islamic Studies Program.
Aside from initiatives mentioned above, he embarked on creating the following publication platforms of which he serves as chief editor:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers)
– Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan link; Springer link)
– International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan link; Springer link)
– 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, 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.
In 2020, he was elected as one of the Governing Board officers of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), while in 2018 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) at the International Studies Association (ISA). He was a Chevening fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 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, Cambridge, UK.
Conferred as Professorial Chairholder in Political Science and International Relations by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines attesting to his scholarly contributions in the field of International Studies, and honored as one of the TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men & Women) awardees of the JCI Philippines. He serves as adviser and member of the Multi-Sector Advisory Board (MSAB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service, and teaches part-time as Professorial Lecturer at Miriam College’s International Studies department.
Nassef obtained his PhD in International Relations (as EMMA scholar or European Union’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 completed the coursework for the PhD in Civilization Studies as TÜRGEV scholar at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, but did not pursue to write a second dissertation.