American Univesity of Beirut

Advisory Board Members


Sawsan Abdulrahim (AUB) – Lead Internal Advisor

Sawsan Abdulrahim is an Associate Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in health behavior and health education from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on social inequalities and health, and the structural conditions that influence the wellbeing of women refugees and labor migrants. Abdulrahim is currently undertaking research on the health of Syrian refugee adolescent girls in Lebanon, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health. She teaches courses in health promotion theory, forced migration and health, and global public health.


Gilbert Achcar (SOAS) – Lead External Advisor

Gilbert Achcar is a Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. He has degrees in Philosophy (ESL, Beirut), Social Sciences (UL, Beirut) and a PhD in Social History/International Relations (University of Paris-VIII). Before joining SOAS, he taught and/or researched in various universities and research centres in Beirut, Berlin and Paris. His books include: The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2002, 2006); Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky (2007, 2008); The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010); Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (2013); The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013); and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (2016).


Adam Hanieh (SOAS) – Lead External Advisor

Adam Hanieh is a Reader of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. His research interests include political economy of the Middle East; labour migration; class and state formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Palestine. Prior to joining SOAS, Adam taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, where he completed an MA in Regional Studies at Al Quds University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University. He is an international advisory board member for the journal Studies in Political Economy.


Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS) – Lead External Advisor

Deniz Kandiyoti is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. She is an author and an academic of research in the fields of gender relations and developmental politics in the Middle East, specifically Turkey. Her work on gender and Islam, especially in post-colonial and rural development areas, has been influential throughout the entire field. She has pioneered new research into understanding the implications of Islam and state policy on women, and as a result, has brought more attention to the field. She holds a PhD from London School of Economics. She is the author of Concubines, Sisters and Citizens: Identities and Social Transformation (1997) the editor of Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey (2002), Gendering the Middle East (1996), Women, Islam and the State (1991) Deniz is the editor of the journal Central Asian Survey.​


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