2017 – present Associate Professor in Sociology, CMES, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
2014 – 2016 University Lecturer, CMES, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
2011 – 2013 Senior Researcher, CMES, Lund University, Lund, Sweden (Parental Leave 2012 – 2013)
2004-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA (Research Leave: 2006-2008)
2006-2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Science Research Council, Children of Immigrants in Schools Project & Centre Maurice Halbwachs – Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) – Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
2000-2004 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York, NY, USA
2017 – 2018 Director, CMES, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
2014 – 2015 Director of Studies, CMES, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
2010 – 2011 Director, Dallas Peace Center, Dallas, TX
2004 Ph.D. in Sociology, The University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
1992 B.A. in Economics, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
GRANTS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
2008 “The Children of Immigrants in Schools: Comparing Mexican Americans and French North Africans.” The Social Science Research Council ($10,000)
2007 The National Science Foundation – Partnership for International Research and Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($40,000)
2004 Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute (declined)
2004 Graduate Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
2003 The Social Science Research Council, International Migration Dissertation Fellowship ($18,000)
2002 The Ford Foundation, Middle East Research Competition Award ($6,000)
2016 Internal Research Grant – CMES, Lund University (SEK 70,000)
2012 “Hydrosolidarity: Opportunities and Constraints in Water Management of the Nile River,” The Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, Thematic Research Grant
2009 Southern Methodist University – Hamilton Undergraduate Research Award ($1,500)
2009 Southern Methodist University – Office of Leadership and Community Involvement Service Learning Course Development Grant ($500)
2009 Southern Methodist University – Council on Research Travel Grant ($2,000)
2006 Southern Methodist University – Council on Research Travel Grant ($3,500)
2005 Southern Methodist University – Council on Research Travel Grant ($3,000)
2003 University at Albany – Department of Sociology, Allen E. Liska Dissertation Award ($1,000)
2001 University at Albany – Graduate Student Organization Research and Travel Grants (1,500)
2001 University at Albany – Initiatives for Women Awards ($500)
2001 University at Albany – Benevolent Association Research Awards ($500)
1996 University at Albany – Graduate Student Presidential Fellowship ($16,000)
INVITED TALKS AT UNIVERSITIES
2017 The Crisis Discourse and the Construction of Refugees in Sweden, Workshop on Key Elements of Model Communities for Refugees and Immigrants: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, June
2017 The Role of Social Capital in Understanding Refugees’ Incorporation and Adaptability, Department of Sociology, Lund University, May
2016 Crisis, Mobility and Generation. Symposium on Critical Explorations of Crises, Lund University, October
2012 Women and the Uprisings in the Arab World, Lund University Internet Institute, Module on ICT and New Media in Social Movements, November.
2012 The Lebanese Diaspora: A Comparative Ethnography, Stockholm University, Transnational Migration Seminar Series, October.
2012 Women’s Writes: Cross-National Perspectives on Feminisms and Empowerment (with Lory Dance), Malmö University, March.
2011 A Career in Research, or How I Followed my Passion, Zayed University, UAE, Summer Research Institute, June.
2010 The Challenges and Rewards of International Research and Training, The Social Science Research Council, International Migration Program, September.
2009 Learning to Labor, Learning to Cope: The Integration of Second-Generation Mexican Americans and French North Africans, Fordham University, Department of Sociology, December.
2008 Lebanese Immigrant Identities and Communities: Narratives from Three Cities, The University of Cyprus, Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology Departments, April.
2007 Arab-Americans’ Boundary-Making Mechanisms Post 9/11, Conference on “Trojan Horse or Assimilated Citizens? Arab-American Identities after 9/11,” University of Texas, A&M, College Station, February.
2005 Lebanese Immigrants in a Changing Global World, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, November.
2005 A Comparative Analysis of Political Engagement of Lebanese Immigrants in Three World Cities, Conference on Middle Eastern Diasporas, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University, March.
TALKS AT NON-ACADEMIC INSITUTIONS
2018 Arab Culture in the Diaspora, Arabic Book Fair, Malmö, April
2017 Building Communities, Sustaining Families: Arab Women and Migration to Sweden, Ibn Rushd Studieförbund, Malmö, April
2016 Still a Future: Syria Moving Forward Despite Uncertainty, Almedalen, Visby, July
2015 The Middle East in Focus: Migration from the Middle East to Sweden. Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, November
2015 The Middle East in Focus: What happened to the Arab Spring hope? Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, March
2014 Ambivalent Identities, Contested Communities: Middle East Diasporas in a Global World, Värmlands Museum, Karlstad, January.
PEER-REVIEWED PAPER PRESENTATIONS (last 10 years)
2018 Refugees in Sweden and the Crisis in Disciplining Bodies, World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Seville, Spain, July
2017 The Racialization of Syrian Refugees in National Newspapers in Jordan and Turkey, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, August
2017 The Role of Social Capital in Understanding Refugees’ Incorporation and Adaptation into Host Countries, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, Edinburgh, July
2016 Integration through Education? Aspirations, Experiences, and Opportunities among Two Second Generations, (co-authored with Amy Lutz and Yaël Brinbaum), Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, August
2016 Newspaper Coverage of the Refugee: Divergent Discourses over Time and Space, the 13th Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO), University of Catania, Italy, March
2015 Perceptions of Socioeconomic Mobility by Second Generation Mexican Americans and French North Africans, (co-authored with Amy Lutz and Yaël Brinbaum), Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, August
2013 Women and Regime Change in Egypt: The Potential for Revolutionary Cultural Codes in a Changing Society, Workshop on Regime Change in the Middle East, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, November.
2013 Women in the UAE between the Global and the National, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York City, August.
2013 Educational Inequalities and perceptions of Social Mobility of the Second Generation In France and US, (co-authored with Yaël Brinbaum and Amy Lutz), Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York City, August.
2013 Inequalities in Education and Employment: Comparing Second Generation Mexicans in the US and North Africans in France, (co-authored with Yaël Brinbaum and Amy Lutz), Colloquium on French-American Comparison, Science Po, Paris, June.
2012 Global Roots and Localized Cosmopolitanism: Lebanese Diasporic Experiences, Conference on “The Mashriq and the Mahjar: Migration from the Levant, 1800-2000,” North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, April.
2012 Women, Nation Building and the Limits of Feminism: A Case Study of United Arab Emirates Female Leaders, Gender and Women’s Studies Consortium Inaugural Conference, Sharjah, UAE, March
2011 Islam and Cosmopolitanism: Expressions of Religiosity and Public Engagement among Egyptian Women, Annual Meeting of the Middle East Association of North America, Washington, DC, December.
2011 The State of the Art of Research on Arab Women, The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation International Congress, Freie University, Berlin, Germany, October.
2011 Women Businesses and Corporate Social Responsibility in the UAE, The 2nd Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, July.
2009 Educational and Early Labor Market Experiences of Second-Generation Mexican Americans and French Maghrebins, (coauthored with Amy Lutz and Yaël Brinbaum), The Children of Immigrants in Schools Conference, New York, NY, October.
2009 Educational and Early Labor Market Experiences of Second-Generation Mexican Americans and French Maghrebins, (coauthored with Amy Lutz and Yaël Brinbaum), the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August.
2009 Early Labor Market Experiences among Mexican Americans in the United States and Maghrebins in France, (coauthored with Amy Lutz) accepted at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, April.
2009 Educational Experiences and the Early Labor Market Incorporation of Second-Generation Youth in the United States and France: A Comparison of Mexican Americans and French Maghrebins, (coauthored with Amy Lutz and Yaël Brinbaum), The Second Generation Research Dialogues, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin, Germany, January.
2008 Cosmopolitan Identity and Global Engagement: The Case of the Lebanese Diaspora, The American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, August.
2008 Locating Cosmopolitanism in the Lebanese Diaspora, World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Budapest, July.
- Member of the Metropolis Project International Steering Committee (2018 – present)
- Member of Middle East Studies Association (2010 – present)
- Member of the Southern Sociological Society (2005 – 2011)
- Member of the American Sociological Association (2001 – present)
Activities at Professional Meetings
2018 Panel Organizer and Presider: Urban Effects: Understanding Social Change in the Neighborhood
Panel Organizer and Presider: Reconstructing the Past, Challenging the Preset Panel Discussant: Revolutionary Subjectivities, Class Politics and the Subalterns World Congress in Middle Eastern Studies, Seville, Spain, July
2017 Panel Organizer and Presider: Beyond Vulnerability: The Creative Use of Social Capital among Middle Eastern Immigrants and Refugees, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, Edinburgh, July
2014 Panel Organizer: The Narratives of the Arab Uprisings: Towards a Cultural Analysis of Social Movements in the Middle East
Panel Organizer:Perceptions of Socioeconomic Integration of Middle Eastern Immigrants in Europe: Comparing National Discourses and Subjective Experiences
World Congress in Middle Eastern Studies, Ankara, Turkey, August
2012 Workshop Co-Director: Women and Globalization in the GCC: Negotiating States, Agency and Social Change. The Third Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge, UK, July.
2012 Session Organizer: New Perspectives on Globalization and Feminism
Session Organizer: Introducing Gender in Arabic
Gender and Women Studies in the Arab Region: The Inaugural Conference of the United Arab Emirates’ Gender and Women’s Studies Consortium, Sharjah, UAE, March
2011 Session Co-Organizer: Women and Business in the Middle East and North Africa. The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation International Congress, Freie University, Berlin, Germany, October.
2009 Session Organizer: Arabs and Arab Americans. The American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August.
2008 Session Organizer: (Re-) Asserting Collective Memory in a Global Age. The International Institute of Sociology, Budapest, June.
European Research Council; The National Science Foundation (USA); University at Albany Faculty Seed Grants; University at Albany Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants
Journal of Refugee Studies, Identity, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Mashriq and Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Sociological Review, Sociological Forum, Sociology Compass, Cultural Dynamics, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Sociological Forum, Middle East Critique, Sage Publications, New York University Press
“On the declining popularity of governing parties in Sweden,” Radio Sweden, June 6, 2018
“The Center of Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University anticipates ongoing restrictive immigration policies,” Radio Sweden, May 9, 2018
“Gender-related attitudes among Arab youth,” Swedish Public Television, September 3, 2017
“A winding road to the north: Swedish debate about immigration,” Przeglad Baltycki, in Polish, December 7, 2015
“Egyptians go to the polls,” Sydsvenskan newspaper, and Goteborgs Posten newspaper, Smalands posten, November 18, 2015
“Gigantic gas discovery can turn against democracy in Egypt,” Dagens Nyheter, August 31, 2015
“Protests can Reinvigorate Pro-Democracy Movement,” Svd Nyheter newspaper, July 2, 2013
“The Women Faded Away (Ikea in Saudi Arabia),” Sydsvenskan newspaper, October 2, 2012
“Women and Social Change in Saudi Arabia,” Swedish Television, March 16, 2012
“Russia and China veto Intervention in Syria,” Swedish Radio – Arabic Broadcast, February 6, 2012
“North Texas Egyptian Americans Celebrate the Fall of Mubarak,” North Texas National Public Radio, February 11, 2011
“Two Faiths Unite for Holiday Tradition,” North Texas Public Radio, December 16, 2010