Faculty Research

Mohamed Zayani Awarded an ASA Book Prize

SFSQ Professor Mohamed Zayani’s book, Networked Publics and Digital Contention (Oxford UP, 2015), has been awarded the 2017 “Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Book Award” from the American Sociological Association (ASA).

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Education in the Arab World

Professor Adely discusses how flawed quality measures often shape our understanding of education in the Middle East and what a closer look at these measures can tell us.

Text written on tapestry: "You can destroy My books My shop My street You cannot destroy My thoughts My ideas My story"

The Crisis of Higher Education for Syrian Refugees

Meeting the educational needs of refugees and displaced people, particularly the need for higher education, is considered one of the greatest humanitarian challenges facing the international community in its response to the Syrian crisis.

Oriana Skylar Mastro on China’s Evolving North Korea Strategy

Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro published new research surrounding nuanced but significant changes in China’s North Korea strategy. She discusses the new Chinese thinking as well as implications for U.S. policy in a Peace Brief for the United States Institute of Peace.

Katharine Donato on US-Mexico Immigration

The Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service published research on immigration between Mexico and the US, including immigration of children.

Arsenault Debuts New Book On Norms in Torture Debate

Just released from Columbia University Press, Arsenault’s book, How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture, looks at the history of the American norm against torturing prisoners and what changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Syrian Men as Vulnerable: Rethinking Refugee Categorization

This article by Professor Rochelle Davis is based on research conducted between 2013 and 2015 in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. These personal accounts shed light on the particular vulnerability of men in conflict, the role of conscription in forced migration, and the personal choices people make to not pick up arms. This article was originally published in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Newsmagazine, Fall/Winter 2017.

Emily Mendenhall Leads Popular Series on New Way to Understand Health and Inequality in Lancet

Dr. Emily Mendenhall, assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program, published a series of papers in the Lancet medical journal, on syndemics. “The concept of syndemics stresses the importance of looking beyond medical factors to see how diseases come together through macro-social forces, offering a different framework for thinking about — and reacting to — health and healthcare inequities,” Mendenhall explains.

Widerquist Questions Claims of Human Prehistory

A new book about prehistory, co-authored by Professor Karl Widerquist at SFS in Qatar (SFS-Q), questions whether people are better off because of the existence of government and property rights.