Institute for Migration Studies
Director and Members
The IMS faculty team consists of Dr. Paul Tabar, Dr. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss, Ms. Marie Murray project Manager of the project " Home Politics Abroad: The Role of the Lebanese Diaspora in Conflict, Peace Building and Democratic Development" and research assistant, Ms. Melissa Ajamian. The skill and expertise of each member has proven essential in implementing IMS tasks. The teamwork spirit that characterizes their joint activities adds value to their achievements.
Paul Tabar is the director of the Institute for Migration Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the Lebanese American University, Beirut campus, and Associate Researcher at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. He is a co-author of On Being Lebanese in Australia: Identity, Racism, and the Ethnic Field (Institute for Migration Studies, LAU Press). He is also the co-author of Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (The Institute of Criminology, Sydney University, 2004), and has published many articles on Lebanese and Arab migrants in international journals.
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Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at LAU. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the University of Maryland, USA (2005). A specialist in post-communist politics, national identity and women and politics, she has published book chapters and articles focusing on return migration, elite politics and national identity construction in Europe and the U.S. She has taught in the US and Lebanon and has also worked as a researcher on issues of international development. She published a book chapter concerning women and labor migration from the Baltic States to other states in the EU and the impact of this migration on Baltic national identities in 2008. She has recently co-edited with Paul Tabar, a volume on the Lebanese Diaspora: Politics Culture, and the Lebanese Diaspora (2011).
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Ray Jureidini PhD is associate professor of sociology and joined the Institute for Migration Studies at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in February 2011. Prior to that, he was Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr. Jureidini is an Australian Sociologist, specializing in industrial and economic sociology and has taught in 5 different Australian universities before venturing to the Middle East. He is on the editorial boards and a reviewer for a number of academic journals. In the past twelve years, beginning at the American University of Beirut, Dr Jureidini has been researching and publishing in the field of migration, xenophobia, and human trafficking, with specific reference to human rights and female migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, Egypt and the Middle East generally. He has also conducted research projects on migration and refugees (Somalis, Ethiopians and Iraqis) as well as child domestic workers. Along with continuing projects in the field, he is writing a book on migrant domestic workers in the Middle East for Routledge.
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Marie Murray is a researcher at the Institute for Migration Studies and is currently Project Manager of the IDRC-funded project: "Home Politics Abroad: The Role of the Lebanese Diaspora in Conflict, Peace Building and Democratic Development". She holds a B.A. from Ramapo University in New Jersey, and is currently completing her Masters degree in International Affairs in the Lebanese American University.
She is a Committee Member of the international nongovernmental organization World Youth Alliance. Her research interests include globalization, international relations between the United States and the Middle East, social development, and Middle Eastern foreign policy, women’s studies, human rights, and bioethics.
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Melissa Ajamian is a Researcher at the Institute for Migration Studies. She holds a B.A. with a double major in Linguistics and Political Sciences (specialization International Relations) from Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently completing her Masters degree in Public Administration in the American University of Beirut. Her research interests include: non-profit management and organizations, transnationalism, conflict prevention, international political economy, and the Lebanese Diaspora.
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Mark Francis is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Migration Studies. He holds a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations from the University of La Verne in California. Currently Mark is pursuing his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. His research interests include: the one-state v. two-state solution for Palestine, the UN & international law, the rights of Palestinian refugees as well as ethnic and diasporic studies.
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May Habib is a research assistant at the Institute for Migrations Studies. She holds an M.A. in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. She currently teaches English to migrant workers at the Migrant House in Nabaa. Her research interests include: anthropology of migration, diaspora, social identity and minority rights in the Middle East.
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Mariam Al Hasbani is a research assistant at the Institute for Migration Studies. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from th Lebanese University- Institute of Social sciences. The title of her thesis was: " Referential Set of Social Knowledge and the Choice of Type of Marriage among Lebanese Couples- Civil Marriage Cases". Her research interests include: migration and gender, human rights, polilcal sociology and sociology of religion.
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Alice Crabtree is currently undertaking a Masters of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut and is expected to graduate in June 2012. She has previously studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) in 2009. During her time at ANU, she was a researcher for the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic, assessing Australian-Syrian diplomatic ties. She has experience working in the field of International Education, having worked for an Australian Federal Government scholarship program and for two international education agencies.
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