Shafey Kidwai is an Indian academic, communication scientist, translator, columnist, and author. He is a bilingual critic and communication expert and his fortnightly column on literature, Culture and media Going Native appears in the Friday Review, The Hindu, the chief editor of Aligarh Journal of Communication and he is on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed communicational journals including research journal jointly published by University of Purdue and Kolkata. His 2017 work Sawaneh-e-Sir Syed: Ek Bazdeed – a biography of Sir Syed won the 2019 Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu. A previous work Urdu Literature and Journalism: Critical Perspective was published by Cambridge University Press India. In 2018, Kidwai was awarded the Iqbal Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for his service to promotion of Urdu literature and UP Urdu Academy has also conferred its highest literary honour Khusro Award to him in 2018. Presently he is the chairman of the Department of Mass Communications at Aligarh Muslim University. He was awarded with the KLF Minorities Literature Award 2020-21 for “Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation”, Routledge.