American Univesity of Beirut


Anna Simone Reumert

Anna Reumert is a PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at Columbia University. Her doctoral project follows Sudanese migrant workers in Lebanon and migrant returnees in Sudan, and examines the relationship between labor, racialization and political subjectivity during a time when both countries were in revolution. Reumert holds an MA degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, and BA degrees in Global Studies and in Social Anthropology from School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. She has held fellowships at the Orient-Institute Beirut, the Wenner Gren Foundation and NSF. Her work has been published in Mashriq & Mahjar, MERIP, Jadaliyya, Warscapes, Ajam Media Collective and Borderlines-CSSAAME. Reumert has organized with migrant rights movements in Lebanon, New York and Denmark. 

Brahim Alhiani 

Brahim Alhiani has recently got a PhD in Sociology and actually worked as an early-career professor of Sociology. He is also an expert and active member of “Social Sciences and Societal Transformations" Lab at Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech, Morocco) as well as a member in different national and international organizations. His main interests focus on Sociology of Work, Organization and Enterprises, especially gender equality in feminine cooperatives, training and organizational culture among young entrepreneurs, in addition to the issue of teaching research methods, modeling and data analysis in Social Sciences. 

China Sajadian 

China Sajadian is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and currently a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. Her dissertation is an ethnography of agricultural labor, circuits of debt, and gendered relations of hierarchy and interdependency among Syrian refugee-farmworkers in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Based on eighteen months of immersive fieldwork laboring in potato fields, vineyards, and fruit orchards alongside farmworkers at the Lebanese-Syrian border, the dissertation traces the debts of displacement that have emerged from Syrians' loss of seasonal mobility throughout the Syrian war. Through this unique case of migrants-turned-refugees, the dissertation argues that displacement encompasses more than the traumatic event of wartime uprooting. Displacement is, rather, an ongoing process embedded in debts across generations, bound by histories of labor migration, land tenure, agrarian dispossession, and ethical obligation on both sides of the border. Her article, "'A Person with a Full Stomach Doesn't Know Anyone': The Moral Binds of Debt in a Syrian Refugee Camp" was awarded the 2021 Elsie Clews Parsons Prize by the American Ethnological Society. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Orient-Institut Beirut, the Committee on Globalization and Social Change, and the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. She has taught courses on the anthropology of religion, Middle East studies, and introductory anthropology at Brooklyn College. 

Ellis Garey 

Ellis Garey is a Ph.D. candidate in History & Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. Her dissertation focuses on the emergence of the “worker" as a key figure in the new forms of social contestation that emerged in Greater Syria during the late Ottoman and early post-Ottoman periods (1880-1936). She is currently a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at Bilgi University in Istanbul. 

Ethan Morton-Jerome 

Ethan Morton-Jerome finished his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2018. His dissertation focused on Palestinian labor in West Bank Settlements. In summer 2021, his article, The Struggle for Palestinian Workers' Rights in Israeli Settlements: The Case of Maan v. Zarfati Garage, was published in the Jerusalem Quarterly. Prior to his PhD he was a Fulbright researcher in Syria and received his master's degree in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. 

Fairouz Salem 

Fairouz Salem is a Part time lecturer and a PhD candidate in the Social Sciences Program at Birzeit University, preparing a dissertation entitled “Producing and Practicing Vulnerability/Resilience in “Area C" at the West Bank". She completed a master's degree in international studies at the same university with a dissertation entitled “The Emerging Art of the Possible: Turkish Policies in the 21st century." She worked in the field of rural development and her research interests in anthropology focus on everyday life of Palestinians living in colonized rural and marginalized areas. 

Gianni del Panta 

Gianni Del Panta is post-doc research fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy. His main research interests focus on non-democratic regimes, revolution and labour movement. He has published in journals such as Government and Opposition and Democratization. He is the author of Egypt between Revolution and Counterrevolution: From Tahrir Square to the Coup d'État of a Bourgeoisie-in-Arms (Il Mulino, 2019, in Italian). 

Harry Pettit 

Harry Pettit is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in urban geography at the University of Reading. He finished his PhD at the LSE in 2018 and has held postdoctoral positions at UWE, Oxford, and Newcastle. Harry's research is geared towards understanding what kinds of labour are evolving to sustain vulnerable life in cities, and what consequences these labours have for forms of accumulation and inequality. Harry approaches these questions through focusing on everyday emotional and moral politics. He is currently writing up a book on the emotional labours required to survive precarious work among young men in Cairo, doing a project on the everyday emotional/moral politics of food bank labour in London, and is about to start a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship at Northumbria investigating an emerging gig economy in Egypt. 

Jacob Cassani 

Jacob Cassani is a doctoral candidate at UCL. His anthropological research focuses on the relationship between Syrian refugees and Lebanese hashish farming communities in the central and Northern Biqa'a valley. His work looks at rural labour organisation and refugee/camp governance, with a special focus on trust and gender. He is currently in the final year of his PhD, analysing ethnographic data collected over 17 months of fieldwork in the Biqa'a (2019-2020). 

Kanwal Tareq Hameed​

Kanwal Hameed is a PhD candidate at Institute of Arab and Islamic Affairs at the University of Exeter. She is a member of the Gulf Studies department and the European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS), and works on people's histories of the modern Gulf. Her interests include critical histories, gender studies, education, academia beyond the university, and social justice. She has worked as a researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE) Middle East Centre on the social life of climate change in Kuwait, and will soon begin work on a 'Index of Suppression' project between the Exeter University ECPS, Forensic Architecture and the AM Al-Qattan Foundation. Kanwal has worked as a post-graduate teaching assistant and a course co-convener at Undergraduate and Masters levels at IAIS, University of Exeter, and previously in media, theatre and education. 

Kholoud Al Ajarma 

Kholoud Al-Ajarma is a lecturer in the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Comparative Study of Religion, MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and MPhil in Anthropology and Development. In addition to her academic experience in anthropology and religion, Al-Ajarma has worked in the fields of refugee studies, gender, youth development, migration, human rights, and environmental justice in several countries of the Mediterranean region and Europe. She was a Chevening visiting fellow at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) and peace fellow of the MENA cohort fellowship programme of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Al-Ajarma is also award-winning photographer and film-maker who has various experiences developing and leading programs and projects among refugee communities including innovative platforms for human rights research and media production among young refugee youth. Al-Ajarma's current research focuses on discourses of water-scarcity and climate justice in the Mediterranean region in addition to family livelihood and wellbeing in Palestine by studying tobacco production in the northern West Bank. 

Schluwa Sama 

Schluwa Sama, born in 1988 in Iraqi Kurdistan, has recently completed her PhD in politics at the University of Exeter, with a dissertation titled “The Value of Labour, Land and Life - Shifting Perspectives on the Rural Political Economy of Kurdistan and Iraq". At the intersection of anthropology and political economy, her ethnographic research explores processes of (de-)valuation of agricultural life in Iraq and Kurdistan.​​​

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