American Univesity of Beirut

Core Team


Current Affiliated Researchers

Hanine She​hadeh,​​​​​ Fellow Reasercher



Dr. Shehadeh completed her Ph.D. in Intellectual History at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University in New York City. Her dissertation, which provided a history of the constructed social, political, religious, and cultural phenomenon of the dishonorable Jew in European Christian antisemitic Zionism, and later Jewish Zionism, was nominated for Columbia University’s Salo and Jeanette Baron Prize in Jewish Studies. Her work on affect formation in settler-colonial societies was granted Columbia University’s Humanities War and Peace Initiative award (HWPI). Her new research tentatively focuses on the social intersections of settler-colonialism and climate change, more specifically on deconstructing the global framing of climate change and environmental justice in relation to settler-colonialism in Palestine

Previous Affiliated Researchers​

Eli Powelso​n

​Eli Powelson is an American historian based in Lebanon. He holds a BA in History from San Francisco State University, an MA in Arab and Middle Eastern History from the American University of Beirut, and will soon begin a PhD program in Middle East History. His research has focused on Palestine in the early British Mandate era with a special concentration on media analysis.  

Moné Ma​​kkawi

Moné Makkawi is a Ph.D. candidate at NYU's department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections between refugeehood, migration, culture, and urbanism in southern Lebanon. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines how refugees and migrant workers generate, contribute to, and sustain the urban development, economic flows, and socio-political contexts of Tyre, Lebanon. ​​


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