The Many Faces of Arab Refugeehood: Survival, Stress, and Seeking a Home


Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS) and American University of Beirut (AUB) present a roundtable discussion with

Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim (AUB), Dr. Denis J. Sullivan (Northeastern Univ), Dr. Rim Saab (AUB), and Alice Verticelli (BCARS, AUB)

Register here.

Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim is an associate professor and chair in AUB’s Department of Health Promotion and Community Health. She researches social inequalities and health and the structural conditions that influence the wellbeing of labor migrants and refugees. Her current focus is Syrian refugee women in Lebanon, with an emphasis on reproductive health outcomes and early marriage.

Dr. Denis J. Sullivan is a professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University, and the Director of BCARS. Sullivan’s current research and policy focus is on the Syrian refugee crisis and the impact of the crisis on host societies, especially Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey as well as the Balkans.

Dr. Rim Saab, an assistant professor of social psychology at AUB, focuses on the drivers of collective political action, female political participation, and preferred forms of governance in Lebanon and the Arab world. 

Alice Verticelli, BCARS Scholar Advisory Board and PhD candidate in political science at Northeastern University, has a strong background in Middle Eastern Studies and is currently focusing on the effects of EU migration policy in the Central Mediterranean.


Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center and a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University. His research focuses on U.S. intelligence and foreign policy in the Middle East and the politics of Lebanon/Middle East. His recent policy brief analyzes how Lebanon’s civil society fills in for the state, especially in assisting Syrian refugees. In fall 2018, he will be an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Lebanese American University.

Light refreshments will be served.

Contact: Allyson Hawkins