American Univesity of Beirut


​Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator

1.    Rima Majed (AUB) 

Rima Majed is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on social movements, sectarianism, conflict and violence, and gender and intersectionality in the Middle East. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford. Dr. Majed was a visiting fellow at the Mamdouha Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University in 2018/2019.  Her work has appeared in many academic and media platforms including Social Forces; Mobilization; Middle East Law and Governance; Global Dialogue; Idafat: The Arab Journal of Sociology; Al Jumhuriya; CNN; Middle East Eyes, OpenDemocracy, and Al Jazeera English.

Advisory Board Members

1.   Sawsan Abdulrahim (AUB)

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.

2. 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).

3.     Jad Chaaban (AUB)

Jad Chaaban is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His primary research interests are in development economics and industrial organization, and his extended interests include public economics of health, education and labor policies, in addition to agricultural and environmental economics. Dr. Chaaban holds a PhD in Economics (2004) from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France. His interdisciplinary work has been published in several academic journals in disciplines including Economics, Area Studies, Demography, Agricultural Policy and Public Health. Dr. Chaaban has served as an economic policy advisor to various Lebanese ministries and public agencies. He was also the president and one of the founding members of the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) 2007-2014. Dr. Chaaban regularly contributes to economic policy analysis on Middle Eastern and global development issues to various international institutions and UN agencies, and his research and advocacy work has often been featured in local and international media.

4.     Laura Hammond (SOAS)

Laura Hammond is a Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. She specializes in food security, conflict, forced migration and diasporas. She has worked in and from the Horn of Africa since the 1990s, and has done consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme She holds degrees in Anthropology from the University Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught at Clark University, the University of Reading, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. She is the author of ‘This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia’ (Cornell University Press: 2004) and several book and journal articles.

5.     Adam Hanieh (SOAS)

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.

6.     Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS)

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.

7.     Elizabeth Saleh (AUB)

Elizabeth Saleh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University of Beirut.  She works in the fields of political and economic anthropology, with a special focus on labor, gender, resistance and social transformation. She obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. Saleh has also held posts at the Orient Institute in Beirut, the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths.

8. Tariq Tell (AUB)

Tariq Tell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the American University of Beirut. Dr. Tell received his DPhil in Politics from Oxford University. He has also held research posts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and in Amman at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur le Moyen Orient Contemporain (CERMOC) and the Royal Scientific Society.  Focusing on the political economy and development of the Middle East, Tell is the author of The Social Origins of Middle Eastern Monarchy: The Moral Economy of Hashemite Rule in Jordan. (New York: Palgrave, 2013); and editor of The Resilience of Hashemite Rule: Politics and the State in Jordan before 1967 ​(Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Moyen Orient Contemporain, Beirut, 2002).

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