The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Bassel Salloukh

Dr. Bassel F. Salloukh is an associate professor of political science in the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University. His main fields of specialization include Comparative Politics (Global South especially Middle East), Political Theory (Public Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Reconciliation and Interculturalism), and International Relations (Middle East IR). His current research interests include an intersectional critique of power-sharing arrangements in postwar states, the philosophy of reconciliation in divided places, and Middle East International Relations after the popular uprisings.

He is inaugural officer of the American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Politics Section, a member of the Arab Political Science Network’s (APSN) Advisory Committee for 2019-2021, a member of Middle East Law and Governance Advisory Board (2019-), a member of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Steering Committee, and a member of APSA MENA Workshops Planning Committee.

Dr. Salloukh is also senior fellow at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS), and senior non-resident research fellow at the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES), McGill University.

He enjoys jogging, yoga, photography, exploring new places in London and Italy, Fairuz and Amy Winehouse’s voices, modern Arabic poetry, especially Adonis, watching Liverpool FC win, and considers the songs and plays of Ziad Rahbani essential for an understanding of Lebanon’s political economy of sectarianism.

He tweets @bassel67

Selected Publications

  1. “War Memory, Confessional Imaginaries, and Political Contestation in Postwar Lebanon,” Middle East Critique 28, 3, (2019): 341-359.
  2. “Taif and the Lebanese State: The Political Economy of a Very Sectarian Public Sector,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 25, 1, (2019): 43–60.
  3. “Transforming Power Sharing: From Corporate to Hybrid Consociation in Postwar Lebanon,” (co-authored with Renko A. Verheij) Middle East Law and Governance 9, 2, (2017): 147-173.
  4. “Overlapping Contests and Middle East International Relations: The Return of the Weak Arab State,” PS: Political Science and Politics 50, 3, (July 2017): 660-663.
  5. The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon (co-authored with Rabie Barakat, Jinan S. Al-Habbal, Lara W. Khattab, and Shoghig Mikaelian). London: Pluto Press, 2015.
  6. “Elite Strategies, Civil Society, and Sectarian Identities in Postwar Lebanon,” (with Janine Clark) International Journal of Middle East Studies 45, 4, (November 2013): 731-749.
  7. “The Arab Uprisings and the Geopolitics of the Middle East,” The International Spectator 48, 2, (June 2013): 32-46.
  8. Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (co-authored with Rex Brynen, Pete W. Moore, and Marie-Joëlle Zahar). Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012.
  9. “Remaking Lebanon after Syria: The Rise and Fall of Proxy Authoritarianism,” in Holger Albrecht, ed., Contentious Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2010): 205-228.
  10. “The Limits of Electoral Engineering in Divided Societies: Elections in Postwar Lebanon,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 39, 3, (September 2006): 635-655.

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