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Mohamed Hefny

Doctoral student
342 Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Mohamed Hefny is a PhD student in the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech. His research interests include consumer behavior, service management in the foodservice industry, and theory building. His research is published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.

Expected Graduation



On the Job Market


Research Area

  • Consumer hehavior
  • Service management in the foodservice industry
  • Theory building

Research Methods

  • Survey design
  • Content analysis


  • Programming language R
  • SPSS

Publications that best represent my research

  • Khan, M. A. and Hefny, M. (2019). Systematic Assessment of Theory-Based Research in Hospitality Management: A Prelude to Building Theories. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, 43(4), 464-488. doi:10.1177/1096348019830176 [PUBLISHER] [GOOGLE SCHOLAR] *
  • Elsayed, Y., Hefny, M., Marghany, M., and Radwan, A. (2017). The evaluation of restaurants websites: American pizza restaurants case study. International Journal of Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 11(3 (Special Issue)), 158-174. doi:10.21608/IJHTH.2017.30227 [PUBLISHER] [GOOGLE SCHOLAR]                                                                                      
  • Elsayed, Y. and Hefny, M. (2014). Hospitality layout and design. Roeia Press, Egypt.

*Pamplin elite list journal

Teaching Assistant Roles

  • HTM 4414 Food & Beverage Management, instructor: Eojina Kim, PhD
  • HTM 3414 Food prep, purchasing, and management, instructor: Chef James Sexton

Education and Certification

  • MS, College of Education and Human Services, Murray State University, Murray, KY, 2015
  • MSc, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University, Egypt, 2012
  • BSc (honors), Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University, Egypt, 2009

Industry experience

  • Coffee Specialist, Nespresso USA, Chevy Chase, MD 2017-2018
  • Assistant Property Manager, The Jefferson Apartment Homes, Capital Investment Advisors, Falls Church, VA 2016-2017
  • Restaurants Management Consultant, Cairo, Egypt 2011-2014

Honors and awards 

  • Leadership Award, University of Delaware, 2017

Previous University

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, 2016-2017

Professional Experiences

  • Member, Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE), since 2016


Food & Drink

  • Brisket and Ribs, the best to try in Stockyard, Fort Worth, TX