Claudia Youakim, PhD is the Deputy Director of Knowledge Management and Research at CIBL for Women at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut.
Claudia is a sociologist with over 15-years of experience in higher education — as an educator, researcher, and lead administer. She's taught a wide array of courses that highlight how power structures shape group experiences, with particular attention to persons who are marginalized in the process. Claudia is an experienced researcher who has worked on big data efforts, that stem from her role as Associate Director in the Center for Data Collection and Analysis at Northwestern University. Her work in the Middle East started as a researcher on a women's economic development project in Amman, Jordan. She continues similar efforts in her current role at CIBL to push for the fair and equitable treatment of women in the workplace across the MENA.
As a feminist scholar, Claudia strongly believes that knowledge should be made accessible to all persons. Aside from doing so through writing, alternative spaces make this possible. As such, she was a speaker in a Tedx Talk titled 'Dream, then do it!,' where she highlighted the journey of Arab and Muslim immigrant families in the U.S. after 9/11. She's served as a judge on Miss. Arab USA— an organization that accounts for socio-cultural parameters and the diversity of Arab women. And she's led several talks and guest lectures on the importance of diversity and inclusion to encourage dialogue and a learning community.
Her latest work includes a co-edited book titled, Arab Worlds Beyond the Middle East and North Africa (2021), which captures immigrant acculturation patterns in various countries, including Singapore, Germany, U.S., Brazil, Chile, Canada, and more!
Claudia earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Florida, in 2016, alongside a Graduate Certification in Women and Gender Studies. She also holds an M.A. in sociology and women's studies from DePaul University and B.A., from Loyola University, Chicago.