American University of Beirut

Dr. Carmen Geha


Dr. Carmen Geha

Founding Member​

​Senior Researcher in Migration and Gender, Pompeu Fabra University 
Founder and Managing Director, Soltara Consulting


Carmen Geha is recipient of the Maria Zambrano, Spanish government award for international scholarly talent. She is a faculty member in the Masters Program on Migration and a Senior Member in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF), at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Carmen specializes in policies of inclusion and exclusion with expertise in refugee policies, gender inequalities, and social movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Carmen is also founder and Managing Director of Soltara Consulting, a company specializing in mobilizing expertise to develop strategies that withstand the test of time and crises.

Prior to joining GRITIM-UPF she was 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. Carmen is also Founding Director of the “Education for Leadership in Crisis” scholarship program for Afghan Women at AUB, and Founding Director of “Support for Arab Women on the Table” regional program for a gender-inclusive peace and security agenda in the region.

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, Citizenship Studies, Middle East Journal, 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 violent 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 an activist at heart who works on women’s rights, refugee protection, and freedom of expression. 

In addition to her academic track, she has 15+ years’ experience in consulting and advising for international organizations, UN agencies, governments, philanthropic organizations and civil society organizations on governance issues including democratic participation, women’s rights, constitutional development, access to information, freedom of assembly, and refugee policies. She is frequently interviewed in media outlets on topics related to her research and activism including in CNN, El Periodico, Al Jazeera, BBC, and writes public policy briefs and op-eds as often as she can.


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