The Visiting Scholars program at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) was established to accommodate visiting researchers who wish to use the facilities and faculty resources of Georgetown University for research purposes. The University extends its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality and to foster the further development of knowledge. Learn more about becoming a Visiting Scholar.
Current Visiting ResearchERS
Aseel Alawadhi is an Assistant Professor at Kuwait University and a former member of the Kuwaiti Parliament. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on Islamic liberalism. Dr. Alawadhi is on sabbatical leave from Kuwait University for one year, during which she is working on a book project on the Kuwaiti model of democracy. Her book focuses on the Kuwaiti political system; the socio-political structure of Kuwaiti society, culture, and mentality; and the challenges that all of these present to democracy as she has experienced them as a woman and as a member of parliament. Dr. Alawadhi also will be publishing in various journals, writing about women and power in the Middle East, democracy without liberty, and Islamic liberalism.
Li Haipeng is a PhD candidate in Islamic History and Culture in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at Peking University in Beijing, China. He is researching the political behavior and communal history of the Druze in Lebanon, with a particular focus on how the community responded to and accommodated itself to the rapid socioeconomic changes of the post-independence period.