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Tamirace Fakhoury

Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury is an associate professor of political science and international affairs, and the director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR). She was a visiting assistant professor in the summer sessions at the University of California in Berkeley (2012-2016).

Dr. Fakhoury is currently the principal investigator of a Carnegie grant on “Resilience and Inclusive Governance in the post-2011 Arab Landscape” at LAU. She is also in the leadership team of the Rights for Time network which looks into shifting the possibilities for humanitarian protection through research on how time conditions war and displacement. From 2014 until 2016, she was a principal co-investigator on the project Syrian refugees’ justice concerns and access to formal and informal justice in Lebanon.

She earned the Jean Monnet fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence (2010/2011) and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (2014/2015). In 2014, she was elected as member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). In fall 2018 and summer 2019, she was a visiting research fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research where she carried out a project on the European Union’s role in the polycentric governance of displacement.

Her core research and publication areas are: Power-sharing and ethno-sectarian conflicts; migration and refugee governance in conflict areas; international responses to forced migration, the European Union’s external policy, and norm contestation in the international system.

Dr. Fakhoury is member of the advisory board of the project “Refugees are Migrants (REF-MIG)” at the University of Oxford. She is also a Founding member of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM) at Rutgers University.

She is a co-editor of Global Trends, and an associate editor of The Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, hiking and going to the theater.

Selected publications


Journal articles

  1. Refugee Return and Fragmented Governance in the Host State,” Third World Quarterly, 2020.
  2. Multi-level Governance and Migration Politics in the Arab World: The Case of Syria’s Displacement,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45, 8 (2019): 1310‒1326.
  3.  “Power Sharing after the Arab Spring? Insights from Lebanon’s Political Transition,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 25, 1 (2019): 9‒26.
  4. Between Co-Option and Radical Opposition: A Comparative Analysis of the Consequences of Liberal and Corporate Power Sharing on Gender and LGBT Movements in Northern Ireland and Lebanon,Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 24, 1 (2018): 82‒99, co-authored with John Nagle.
  5.  “Migration and Transnational Governance: Middle East Cases and Challenges,” Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies 5, 1 (2018), co-authored with Laurie Brand.
  6. Governance Strategies and Refugee Response: Lebanon in the Face of Syrian Displacement,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 49, 4 (October 2017): 681–700.
  7.  “The European Union’s Engagement in Conflict Processes and Conflict Spillovers: The Case of Lebanon Since the Outbreak of the Syrian War.” European Foreign Affairs Review 22, 1 (2017): 39–58.
  8.  “Casting the Other as a Threat: The Securitization of Sectarianism in the International Relations of the Syria Crisis.” Global Discourse 6, 4 (January 2017): 712–732, co-authored with May Darwich.
  9. “Securitising Migration: The European Union in the Context of the Post-2011 Arab Upheavals” The International Spectator 51, 4 (2016): 67–79.

Academic degrees and training

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