Cynthia Shawamreh practices law as a senior counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law, Finance and Economic Development Division, where she specializes in multi-layered financing transactions designed to provide affordable housing and economic incentives to stimulate job creation. Ms. Shawamreh received her B.A. from Grinnell College in 1984 and spent 1984-85 in the Middle East on a Watson Fellowship for International Travel. She received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 1988. Ms. Shawamreh has taught a course as a Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School each fall since 2008. She has taught Introduction to Islamic Law, Islamic Law and Finance, and Law, Politics, Economics and the Making of the Modern Middle East, each of which has been cross-listed in various departments of The University of Chicago.
In 2012, Ms. Shawamreh published an article entitled “Islamic Legal Theory and the Context of Islamist Movements” in the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law. In 2013, Ms. Shawamreh contributed a chapter entitled “The Legal Framework of Islamic Finance” to the book Contemporary Islamic Finance: Innovations, Applications and Best Practices, edited by Karen Hunt-Ahmed and published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Her practice and research interests center on sustainable development in the global economy.