Rebuilding Vibrant Communities Among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Societal Reconstruction Amid Intractable Conflict


Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138

CMES/WCFIA Middle East Seminar presents

Nadya HajjNadya Hajj
Assistant Professor, Peace and Justice Studies Department, Wellesley College

Nadya Hajj is a political scientist who works on the origins of institutions among marginalized groups in anarchic systems. Her research considers a central theme. What are the origins of institutions in anarchic settings? In particular, how do communities construct institutions without the direction of a state and what is their purpose? Her research examines the origins of institutions, namely property rights and mortuary practices, in Palestinian refugee camps. She conducts in-depth and survey interviews in Palestinian refugee camps located throughout Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. In addition, she interviews Palestinian refugees living in the wider diaspora across North America and Europe. Prof Hajj's teaching interests focus on politics of the Middle East and North Africa, qualitative methods, gender and politics in the Middle East and North Africa, the Palestinian Israeli conflict, conflict transformation, and refugee studies. Outside of the classroom, she serves on Wellesley’s Sustainability Committee, the Ruhlman Conference Committee, and advise the Wellesley Arab Women’s Association (WAWA).

Co-sponsors: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Contact: Liz Flanagan