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Paul Tabar

Paul Tabar is the director of the Institute for Migration Studies and a Professor in Sociology/Anthropology at the Lebanese American University, Beirut campus. He is the author of Arab Communities in Australia (Arab Centre for Arab Unity Studies, 2013) and the co-author of On Being Lebanese in Australia: Identity, Racism and the Ethnic Field (Institute for Migration Studies, LAU, 2010), Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalizing the Arab Other (Institute of Criminology, 2004) and Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime: Youth, Ethnicity and Crime (Pluto Australia, 2000). He is currently working on Lebanese diasporic communities and their diasporic public activities. He is also working on two book projects: one on migrant habitus focusing on second generation Lebanese Australians as a case study, and the other on social inequalities in Lebanon using a Bourdieusian perspective. Dr. Tabar has published many articles on Lebanese and Arab migrants in international journals. He is the editor of a book series on Migrant Studies in collaboration with Professor Anton Escher, Johannes Guttenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Dr. Tabar’s hobbies include hiking, reading and listening to classical and modern music and songs.


  1. Tabar, P. (2016) ‘The Lebanese diasporic field: the impact of sending and receiving states’, in Immigrants and Minorities. Link is:
  2. Tabar, P. (2014) “‘Political Remittances’: the case of Lebanese expatriates voting in national elections”. Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 35, Issue 4.

Co-authored Journal Articles – Refereed

  1. Kabbanji, L., Hala Awada, H., El Hachem, E., Hasbani, M. and Tabar, P. (2019) “Studying abroad: a necessary path towards a successful academic career in social sciences in Lebanon?” in International Review of Sociology Revue Internationale de Sociologie.
  2. Aboultaif E. W. and Tabar, P. (2019) “National vs. Communal Memory in Lebanon,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, forthcoming 25(1), 2019.
  3. هلا عواضة، بول طبر، لما قابنجي ومريم الحاصباني (2019)، ” قراءة في بنية الحقل الأكاديمي في العلوم الاجتماعية: الهيئة التعليمية والتوظيف والترقي في الجامعة الأميركية والجامعة اللبنانية الأميركية والجامعة اللبنانية نموذجا “، إضافات، العدد 45، شتاء 2019.
  4. Greg Noble & Paul Tabar (2017) Wounded Detachments: Cronulla, Social
  5. Memory and the Injuries of Racism, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 38:3, 271-283, DOI:10.1080/07256868.2017.1314260
  6. Egan, M & Tabar, P. (2016) ‘Bourdieu in Beirut: Wasta, the State and Social Reproduction in Lebanon’, in Middle East Critique. Link is:

Book chapters:

  1. Paul Tabar.  2018.  “Migration and Transnational Arab Families” In:  Suad Joseph, (Ed.), Arab Family Studies:  Critical Reviews. Syracuse University Press.  Pp.  369-398
  2. Noble, G. and Tabar, P. (2017), “The ‘career’ of a migrant: time, space and the settling process”, in Critical Reflections on Migration, ‘Race’ and Multiculturalism, Australia in a Global Context, Boese, M. and Marotta, V. (Eds.), Routledge.
  3. Tabar, P. & Maalouf, W. (2016), “The emergence of a ‘Diasporic political field’: a case for political remittances”, in Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe, Nowicka, Magdalena, Šerbedžija, Vojin (Eds.), Palgrave.
  4. Tabar, P. (2015) ‘Highly-Skilled Migration’, in Talents on the move: High-skilled migration in the Middle-East and North Africa, T. B. Tauris.


  1. Tabar, P. (2013) Arab Communities in Australia, a Socio-Cultural Study, Centre for Arab Unity Studies, Beirut (in Arabic).
  2. Tabar, P., Noble, G. and Poynting, P. (2010) On Being Lebanese in Australia: Identity, Racism and the Ethnic Field, the Institute for Migration Studies, LAU Press, Beirut.

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