Carmen Geha is an Associate Professor of Public Administration, Leadership, and Organizational Development at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a co-founding member, as well as Director of Communications, at the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women at the Olayan School of Business in AUB, twice awarded by AACSB as Innovations that Inspire. She is recipient of the Maria Zambrano Catalan government award for international scholarly talent. She is a faculty member in the Masters Program on Migration and a Senior Member in the Inter-disciplinary Research Group on Migration, at the Department of Political Sciences in Pompeu Fabra University in Spain.
Carmen is a scholar-activist whose academic research is embedded in the context of where she works and what she experiences with collectives. Her publications have appeared on the Social Movement Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Spectator, and the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. Her first book “Civil Society and Political Reform in Lebanon and Libya,” is a seminal documentation of the experiences of oppression of activism in a context of turmoil and constraint.
Carmen has received the Fullbright award as a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the Mellon Grant as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Brown International Research grant as a Visiting Scholar at the Watson Institute in Brown University. Over the course of her career at AUB she has received as a PI and CO-PI a total of $8 million in research funding from the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the US Department of State, European Union, and the Norwegian Research Council. Carmen is a leading activist who works on women’s rights, refugee protection, and freedom of expression. Most recently, after the Beirut explosion she co-founded an interprofessional network of 200+ experts to address community health, education, and SME recovery in the devastated areas of the blast, recognized by AACSB as Innovations that Inspire.