Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization). Editor of the following international journals and book series:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (BRILL, forthcoming)
– Global South Journal of International Studies (work-in-progress)
– Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)
Associate Editor of the Mathal: A Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies (The University of Iowa). He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, historical and socio-political development of Muslims in the Philippines, and interactions of Muslim societies with Western modernity.
At the prestigious International Studies Association (ISA), he was elected as the At-Large Asia Representative of the Global South Caucus of International Studies (GSCIS) for 2018-2020 and appointed as one of the 7-committee members on the Status of Representation and Diversity (CSRD) for 2018-2021. He is also a Chevening fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the University of Oxford, from October 2018 to March 2019.
Nassef is assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies (UP IIS), co-convenor of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies’ Islamic Studies Program (UP CIDS-ISP), and affiliate faculty member at the Center for International Studies (UP CIS) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) conferred him the Professorial Chairholder in Political Science and International Relations on December 11, 2017. He is an adviser and member of the Multi-Sector Advisory Group (MSAB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS).
He authored, edited, and co-edited articles and edited volumes of topics and issues about ‘Islam and International Relations’ published by the Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations (2009), The Quarterly Journal of Political Studies of Islamic World (2012), SAGE Publications (2012), ABC-CLIO (2012, 2014, 2017), Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (2013), Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013), Islamic Perspective Journal (2015), Palgrave Macmillan (2016), Blackwell Reference Online (2016), Routledge (forthcoming 2018), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies (in progress 2018), Oxford Islamic Studies Online (in progress 2018), and Springer’s Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives (in progress 2018).
Nassef is presently serving, and has served, as reviewer of The Journal of Humanity and Society (2018), Foreign Policy Analysis (2017), Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2017), Palgrave Macmillan (2017), International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society (2016), International Journal of Community Diversity (2016), GEOPOLITICA (2016), Global Studies Journal (2012-2018), including Philippine-based journals such as The Mabini Review (2016-present), IQRA: The Journal of Al-Qalam Institute of Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia (2017-present), and Lux Veritatis: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (2017-present).