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Fellows & Visiting Scholars


Image of Amir KhnifessDr. Amir Khnifess

2017-2018 American Druze Foundation Fellow


Image of Amir KniffesAmir comes from a political science background with a focus on the Israeli-Arab conflict and ethnic minorities of the Middle East.  As an ADF fellow, he will explore the Druze political action during Mandate Palestine and will complete the manuscript for his book, “The Struggle for Palestine and Druze Politics of Silence.” The book will be written in the context of British colonialism during the 1920s and 1930s and will unearth the very significant role that the British Mandate played in preserving the politics of silence among the Druze during the war in Palestine. Amir was awarded his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the history of the Middle East and political science by the University of Haifa. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a doctorate from the University of London, SOAS. In addition to his research Amir taught Politics of the Middle East at SOAS.

The American Druze Foundation (ADF) Fellowship in Druze and Arab Studies supports specialized social scientific research on the Druze communities centrally and primarily, and on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world more generally.

More information on the American Druze Foundation Fellowship is available here.

Mouin Rabbani

2017-2018 Visiting Researcher


mourn rabbani Mouin Rabbani is an independent analyst, commentator and researcher specializing in the contemporary Middle East. He has previously served as Principal Political Affairs Officer with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Head of Middle East with Crisis Management Initiative/Martti Ahtisaari Centre, Senior Middle East Analyst and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group.

He is Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies, Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, Contributing Editor of Middle East Report, Associate Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Rabbani has published, presented and commented widely on Middle East issues, including for most major print, television and digital media.

More information on the Visiting Researcher program is available here.

Dr. Sania El-Husseini

Visiting Scholar



Photo of Dr. Sania El-Husseini

Dr. Sania El-Husseini has a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Cairo University with minors in political theory and international relations. She also holds a Masters degree in international affairs from Berzeit University and a B.A. in mass media communications from Cairo University. Dr. El-Husseini has taught classes in Middle Eastern studies, American studies,and Asian studies, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Berzeit University and Al-Quds University.

Dr. El-Husseini’s specializations include Islamic movements in Palestine and the Arab world, and Palestinian affairs, and she has published extensively on these topics. Dr. El-Husseini previously served as Director of Information in the Palestinian Legislative Council and as Editor-in-Chief of the council’s bulletin. Dr. El-Husseini is currently affiliated with Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. She is working on a major comparative research project on the Muslim Brotherhood societies in Palestine, Egypt, and Tunisia.