- Fulbright Award (1987)
Hasan El-Shamy is a professor emeritus of folklore in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. He started as a visiting assistant professor of folklore at IU in 1972 and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1974. El-Shamy also served as a professor of near eastern languages and cultures and as director of graduate studies in the Folklore Institute. He held visiting professorships at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Anthropology at the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan and in the Department of Sociology at Tanta University in Egypt. He retired from IU in 2013 after 41 years of distinguished teaching, research, and service in folklore and ethnomusicology. He received his B.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Ain-Shams University in 1959 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1964 and 1967.
As an internationally recognized scholar in the field of folklore, El-Shamy was elected as a Fellow into the American Folklore Society in 2006. He is a two-time recipient of Fulbright awards in 1961 and 1987 and his work has won a number of awards including the Ford Foundation Social Science Research Award, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and NEH Award. In 2011, he was named the 94th Great China Lecturer.