By Mary Giles

Although she grew up in Ottawa, Lama Mourad, a Middle-East expert, has been away for over a decade studying, conducting research and working in Toronto, Beirut, Boston and Philadelphia. She joins the Faculty of Public Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a postdoctoral fellow at Perry World House after finishing her PhD at the University of Toronto.

Mourad also previously held a fellowship at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In the winter term, Mourad is teaching graduate field courses in the global governance of displacement and the policy and practice of human security. She is also happy to be contributing to some of the work at Carleton’s Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN).

“My current book project examines the politics of local responses to the Syrian refugee influx in Lebanon, the largest per capita host of refugees in the world,” she says. “For this research, I spent over 13 months travelling across Lebanon conducting interviews with a wide array of people impacted by the influx, including local elected leaders, NGO officials, Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees.”

Mourad is firmly committed to public and engaged scholarship, and has recently written and given a number of talks and interviews on the set of overlapping crises currently facing Lebanon and its residents, citizens and migrants alike.

An article, The Twin Crises and the Prospects of Political Sectarianism in Lebanon, was published by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, a leading research and policy centre in the country. She also gave an interview on the BBC World News in the immediate aftermath of the Beirut blast in early August.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in
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