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Department of Political Studies and Public Administration

Hilal Khashan, PhD
Professor of Political Studies

PhD, Political Science, Florida State University, 1980.
MS, Political Science, Florida State University, 1978.
BA, Political science, University of Florida, 1977.

Biographical Statement:
Hilal Khashan is a Professor of Political Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He received his PhD from the Florida State University in 1980, and BA from the University of Florida in 1977. His first academic appointment was at King Saud University between 1981-84. He has been teaching at AUB since 1985. He is the author of five books and 65 articles. His articles appeared in publications such as The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Orbis, Third World Quarterly, International Affairs, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and The Brown Journal of International Affairs. He is currently completing a book on
political leadership in Hizbullah. He is on the editorial board of Shia Affairs Journal. He reviewed manuscripts for Security Dialogue, The Arab World geographer, The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Social Behavior and Personality, International Migration Journal, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and International Studies perspectives. He reviewed grant proposals for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Research Council of Norway, and reviewed promotion files for faculty at the University of Jordan and Yarmuk University. He also provided advice to the Immigration and Refugee Boards in Canada and Australia. He gives frequent interviews to international news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune, Al-Jazeera, and Al-Hurra.

Research and Teaching Interests:
My research interests focus on Middle Eastern regional security, with emphasis on the Gulf. I have also been pursuing research on Shiite Islamic revival and the militarization of Lebanese Shiites. I have done extensive quantitative research on Islamic fundamentalism and religious activism.

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants:
I am the recipient of the Aida al-Sanyura prize in political science for 1990, and the Abdulhamid Shuman prize for young Arab scholars in 1991. I received research grants from the Ford Foundation (1988) and the Frederick Nauman Foundation (1998). I have also participated, among many other research activities, in the administration of the World values Survey in Lebanon in 2008-09.

Selected Publications:

“The Curse of Underdevelopment and the Radicalization of the Arab City,” in The Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol. 17, no.1, 2010

“The Religious and Political Impact of Sayyid M. H. Fadlallah on Arab Shi’ism,” in Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies, vol. 3, no. 4, 2010

“Getting the Elephant out of the Room: Saad Hariri’s About-face Realpolitic, vol. 17, no. 1, 2011

 Curriculum Vitae 


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