American Univesity of Beirut

Dr. Carmen Geha


Dr. Carmen Geha

Founding Member​

​​Associate Professor of Public Administration​
Founding Member and Lead in Inclusive Policy and Political Reform


Dr. Geha is a scholar-activist working at the intersection of public scholarship, academic research, teaching, mobilizing, and advocating for policy reforms across the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Dr. Geha's research examines the nexus between politics and public institutions with a focus on three areas of specialization: 1- women's political and economic participation, 2- refugee crisis politics and policies, and 3- civil society and protest movements.

Dr. Geha's first book Civil Society and Political Reform in Lebanon and Libya (Routledge, 2016) examined the challenges to mobilization and reform in power-sharing political systems by studying campaigns on elections and constitutional development. Her second book which she is currently writing explores how Syrian refugee women imagine their future return, or non-return. Her work has been published most recently in the Middle East Journal, International Spectator, Middle East Law and Governance, Journal of Refugee Studies, and Social Movement Studies.

Between 2018 and 2020, she served as Founding Director of “Education for Leadership in Crisis" Scholarship Program for Afghan women at AUB securing and managing $4.6 in tuition funding for students.

Dr. Geha has published policy papers and several op-eds for the Arab Reform Initiative, An Nahar, New Arab, Daily Star, Al Hayat newspaper, and the Executive Magazine and has been interviewed widely in local and international media including the New Yorker, CNN, BBC, and local media including LBCI, MTV, and New TV appearing on top political shows. Following the Beirut port explosion, Carmen co-founded Khaddit Beirut (the shake-up), a network of 200+ experts and activists engaged in a community-driven sustainable and inclusive roadmap for recovery.

In addition to her academic track, Dr. Geha has several years of expert practitioner serving as consultant and adviser to international organizations, UN agencies, and government institutions in Myanmar, Tunisia, Libya, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Lebanon.​


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