American Univesity of Beirut

Honorary Doctoral Degree from the National University of San Marcos granted to Professor Sari Hanafi

​Dr. Sari Hanafi, professor at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University in Beirut (AUB), was recently awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru.

Established in 1551, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, is the first officially established and the longest continuously operating university in the Americas and the only university in Peru with a Nobel Prize laureate among its alumni.

“I am so happy that I was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the leading university in Peru" said Dr. Hanafi. “I dedicate this degree to my student activists in the current Lebanese uprising who are defending their rights to live decently and to Palestinians who are struggling for their freedom and their socio-economic rights" Hanafi added.

This recognition, as announced by the University of San Marcos, was based on Dr. Hanafi's theoretical contributions to a global sociology, serving the scientific community worldwide and connecting the Arab world with Latin America through scholarships.

Sari Hanafi is currently a professor of sociology at AUB and editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology. He is president of the International Sociological Association (2018-2022) and previously its vice president and member of its executive committee (2010-2018). He recently created the “Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research in/on the Arab World" (Athar)


He was vice president of the board of the Arab Council of Social Science (2015-2016). He holds a PhD in sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales-Paris (1994). He has also served as a visiting professor/fellow at the University of Poitiers and Migrintern and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (France), University of Bologna and Ravenna (Italy), Chr. Michelsen Institute (Bergen-Norway), and Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.  Hanafi was also a former senior researcher at the Cairo-based French research center, Centre d'études et de documentation économique juridique et sociale (1994-2000). He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the sociology of religion.​

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