Hana Addam El-Ghali is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making (RAPP) program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Dr. El-Ghali is also a Consultant with the World Bank's Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) looking at pressing issues in higher education policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She serves as a consultant for several international agencies on education policy issues. In 2012, she received a Fulbright grant to the University of Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Administrative and Policy Studies with a focus on Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. El-Ghali also serves as the MENA region co-editor for the Comparative and International Higher Education, the journal for the Higher Education Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society. Prior to returning to Beirut, she was a co-instructor of comparative higher education at the University of Pittsburgh.
El-Ghali's research interests are in Public Policy and International and Developing Education, particularly in developing countries. She is interested in looking at development issues in developing countries, predominantly those that are or were recently involved in conflicts, such as in the cases of Iraq, Southern Sudan, and Lebanon. She is also currently working on examining the role of policy research institutes or think tanks in the MENA region and the role they play in the policy-making process. During her course of study, she looked at policies that address the mitigation of educated youth unemployment in Lebanon. She also looked at teachers' beliefs about decision making in two schools in Lebanon, one with a typical bureaucratic system and another with a progressive one. Currently, El-Ghali is working on a number of public policy related studies within education and other sectors.
Articles, Book Chapters, and Book Reviews
2012. "A Guide to the Development of an Institutional Plan" with John L. Yeager and Shruti Kumar in
Administration and Finance of Postsecondary Education Institutions, eds. Patrick J. Scholss and Kristina M. Cragg, New York: Routledge.
2011. "A Policy Framework for Higher Education in Lebanon: The Role of Strategic Planning" with John L. Yeager and Zeinab Zein in
Policy Debates in Comparative Education, eds. John Hawkins and W. James Jacob, New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
2010. "A Generation in Crisis: Lebanon's Jobless University Graduates" with Maureen W. McClure.
Viewpoints (SE: Higher Education and the Middle East: Empowering Under-Served and Vulnerable Populations).
2010. "Peter Piot" with W. James Jacob and Enkhjargal Adiya.
Prospects, 39(4): 413–421.
2010. "Strategic Planning in Higher Education Institutions in Developing Nations: The Case of Non-Gulf Countries in the Middle East" with John L. Yeager and Qianyi Chen in
Education Development in the Middle East: Issues, Practice, and Perspectives, eds. Daniel Obst and Daniel Kirk, New York: Institute of International Education.
2009. "Global Citizenship in the 21st Century". Book Review of Educating Citizens for Global Awareness in
International Journal of Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 5(1): 90–91.
2009. "Seeds of Tolerance: Cultivating Seeds of Tolerance in Lebanese Schools.
International Studies in Education, 9(3): 61–63.
2008. "Equity in Socio-economic Status of Students and Higher Education Enrollment in Lebanon
Comparative and International Society Newsletter, 148.
2006. "Beliefs about Decision Making in Two Schools in Lebanon" Unpublished Master's Thesis. Beirut: Department of Education, American University of Beirut.
Under Review and in Progress
2013 (forthcoming). "A Retrospective Health Policy Analysis of the Development and Implementation of the Voluntary Health Insurance System in Lebanon: Learning from Failure" with Fadi El-Jardali and Lama Bou Karroum.
2013 (forthcoming). "Tobacco control policy making in Lebanon: academics should get out of their offices" with Rima Nakkash, Rima Afifi, T. El-Hajj, J. Khalil, and Souraya Kassem.
2013 (forthcoming). "Evidence-informed Public Policy-making: The Case of Higher Education Quality Assurance in Lebanon" with John L. Yeager.
2013 (forthcoming). "Towards Participatory and Transparent Policy-making in the MENA Region: The Case of Lebanon". INVITED SPEAKER
2011. "The Middle East Uprisings: An Invitation to Reflect on Comparative Education Research." Comparative International Education Society, Montreal, Canada.
2011. "Youth Unemployment in Arab Countries: Roots, Risks, and Responses." Carnegie Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Beirut, Lebanon.
2013. "Evidence-informed Public Policy-making: The Case of Higher Education Quality Assurance in Lebanon" with John L. Yeager at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, March 10–15, in New Orleans.
2012. "Universities post-revolution: A stakeholder response to the crisis of jobless graduates in Egypt" with John L. Yeager at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, April 22–27, in Puerto Rico.
2011. "Higher Education Institutional Role of Liberation: A Youth Unemployment Paradox" with John L. Yeager at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, May 1–5, in Montreal, Canada.
2010. "Beyond the University's Educational Role: The Youth Unemployment Crisis in Lebanon" at the annual Western Regional Conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, October 14–16, in California.
2010. "Higher Education Institutions' Response to Youth Unemployment in Lebanon. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, March 1–4, in Chicago.
2010. "Planning for Development: Strategic Planning in Higher Education Institutions in the Middle East" with John L. Yeager and Qianyi Chen at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, March 1–4, in Chicago.
2009. "The Influence of Context to a National Strategic Planning Effort: The Case of Lebanon" with John L. Yeager at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, March 22–26, in Charleston.
2008. "Equity in Socio-economic Status of Students and Higher Education Enrollment in Lebanon" at the annual conference for the Comparative and International Education Society, March 17–21, in New York.