Nassef is a student of comparative study between Islam and International Relations. He is also interested in Islam’s relations to Bangsamoro (the Muslim minority in the Philippines) and to Euro-American Modernity. He created the IR-IS Research Cohort on December 2012 that became Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) on November 2013. While on September 2015, he founded the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO), the leading professional association of International Studies’ scholars, teachers, and students in the country.
He is Assistant Professor III at the Institute of Islamic Studies and affiliate faculty at the Center for International Studies of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is also appointed as Associate Professorial Lecturer V at the College of Political Science and Public Administration of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 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), and Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies (forthcoming 2018).
Nassef is the Editor-in-Chief of the “International Relations in Southeast Asia” series (Routledge) and Co-editor of the “Islam and International Relations” series (Gerlach Press). He is presently serving, and has served, as reviewer of Foreign Policy Analysis (2017), Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2017), International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society (2016), International Journal of Community Diversity (2016), GEOPOLITICA (2016), Global Studies Journal (2012-present), 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).