Faculty & Staff

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, researched and taught in Beirut, Paris and Berlin, and has been since 2007 Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. His many books include: The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, published in 15 languages; Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky; The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives; The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising; and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising.

Francesco Cavatorta is professor of political science at Laval University in Quebec City Canada. His research focuses on dynamics of democratization and authoritarian resilience in the Arab world. He is currently working on a project examining the relationship between neoliberal economics and Salafi political parties.

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Stephanie Daher holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Sant'Anna Advanced School of Studies in Italy, specialized in contentious politics and protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Lebanon and Tunisia, researching the connection between emerging "political opportunities" of contentious and the resilience of the "politically relevant elites" in power.

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Rosita Di Peri is associate professor at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, Italy where she teaches ‘Politics, Institutions and Cultures of Middle East’ and 'Mashrek Politics and Institutions'. Her research interests are on democracy and authoritarianism in Middle East with a focus on Lebanon. She is the scientific coordinator of the Summer School ‘Understanding the Middle East’ and member of the board of SeSaMO (Italian Association for Middle Eastern Studies). She published several articles in Italian and international Journals, such as ‘Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche’, ‘Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica’, ‘British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies’, ‘Politics Religion and Ideology’, 'Mediterranean Politics', ‘Oriente Moderno’ and ‘Meridiana’. She authored a book on the politics of contemporary Lebanon (Il Libano contemporaneo, Carocci, Roma 2017, in Italian) and co-edited several books and Special Issues.

Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury is an associate professor of political science and international affairs in the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University (LAU), and the director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR). Dr. Fakhoury has taught at the summer sessions at the University of California in Berkeley between 2012 and 2016. In fall 2018 and summer 2019, she will be a visiting fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research where she will carry out a project on the European Union’s role in the polycentric governance of displacement.

Fanar Haddad is Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and is currently Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq. He previously lectured in modern Middle Eastern politics at the University of Exeter, at Queen Mary, University of London and at the National University of Singapore. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Haddad was a Research Analyst at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Middle East and North Africa Research Group. He is the author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity (2011) and Understanding 'Sectarianism': Sunni-Shi'a Relations in the Modern Arab World (2020).

Adam Hanieh is Professor and Joint Chair in Area Studies at the University of Exeter, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, and Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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Raymond Hinnebusch is professor of International relations and Middle East politics at the University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. He is founder and director of the Centre for Syrian Studies. His major works include Egyptian Politics Under Sadat (Cambridge University Press 1985); The International Politics of the Middle East (Manchester University Press, 2003, 2nd ed. 2015) and Syria: Revolution from above (Routledge: 2001);. He co- edited The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, with A. Ehteshami, Lynne Rienner Publishers,2nd edition, 2014; Turkey-Syria Relation: between Enmity and Amity, with Ozlem Tur, Ashgate Publishers, 2013; Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia, with Sally Cummings, Edinburgh University Press, 2011; The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, with Rick Fawn; and Syria: From Reform to Revolt: Politics and International relations, with Tina Zintl, Syracuse University Press, 2014.

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Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Political Science at Saint Joseph University – Beirut; holder of a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne, and a CAPES in Philosophy and Psychology from the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Lebanese University; author of many publications and research articles. Representative of the President of the Republic at the Permanent Council of the Francophonie.

Professor Kiwan was advisor to the Minister of National Education and Fine Arts 1991-1992 and to the Minister of Culture and Higher Education 1992-1996. She was appointed as expert in many programs of the World Bank and UNESCO. In 2007, she was nominated member of the United Nations University Council until 2013.

Professor Kiwan is nominated by UNESCO member of the senior experts group in charge of revisiting the Report of Jacques Delors on "Education in the 21 century”. She is also member of the Senior advisory experts Committee of the program MOST at UNESCO.
Sensitive to human rights and women rights, she has a lot of articles on these issues and is representative of Lebanon in the Executive Board of the Arab Women Organization. Her priorities in action and research are the following topics: civil society, political parties, pressure groups, political culture and gender issues.

Nadine Sika is associate professor of Comparative Politics at the American University in Cairo.  She was Humboldt Foundation Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin (2014-2015).  She is the book reviews editor of Mediterranean Politics.  She is author of Youth Activism and Contentious Politics in Egypt:  Dynamics of Continuity and Change (Cambridge UP, 2017) and co-editor with Eberhard Kienle of the Arab Uprisings:  Transforming and Challenging State Power (I.B. Tauris 2015).  Her recent articles appeared in journals such as Democratization, Political Studies, and the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

Andrea Teti is Associate Professor of International Relations at Aberdeen University and formerly Director of the Arab Transformations Project. He has published widely on the Middle East, democratization, and EU-Middle East relations, including being lead author of Democratization Against Democracy: How EU Policy Fails the Middle East (2020) and The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia (2018); and co-editing Hidden Geographies: Informal Power in the Greater Middle East (2014).

BilgeYabanci is Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Department of Philosophy andCultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is also a formerOpen Society Fellow and took part in the human rights cohort of the OSF fellowshipprogram in 2017-2019.  Bilge’s currentresearch project explores thepoliticization of the civic space and courts under democratic backsliding andthe co-existent dynamics of oppositional mobilization and co-optation indemocratic backsliding contexts through the case of Turkey. Her broader research interestsextend into populism, reflections ofpartisan polarisation in the civic space and the role of emotions andperformance in political mobilization. She has published several journal articles. Her twolatest publications “Turkey’s Tamed Civil Society: Containment andAppropriation under a Competitive Authoritarian Regime” and “Work for theNation, Obey the State, Praise the Ummah: Turkey’s Government-Oriented Youth Organizations in Cultivating a NewNation” appeared in Journal of Civil Society and Ethnopolitics. ORCID: 0000-0002-3937-9789