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 currently at Georgetown 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. Mr. Haipeng previously worked in the Arabic news section of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, and served as an editor for the Arabic-Chinese version of Confucius Institute magazine. He has studied Arabic at Damascus University and taught Chinese at Cairo University.
Rita Stephan is an analyst at Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch at the United States Census Bureau. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on "The Family and the Making of Women's Rights Activism in Lebanon." Covering a range of issues on gender in the Middle East, her publications include "Couple's Activism for Women's Rights in Lebanon: The Legacy of Laure Moghaizel" in Women Studies International Forum; "Arab Women Writing Their Sexuality" in Hawwa, Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World; "The Veil and Sexuality: The Perspective of Arab Christian Women" in The Veil: Women Writers on the History, Lore, and Politics of the Head Covering, J. Heath, ed. (Berkeley: University of California, 2008); and "Leadership of Lebanese Women in the Cedar Revolution" in Muslim Women in War and Crisis, F. Shirazi, ed. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010). Stephan was a lecturer of sociology and women's studies at the University of Texas at Austin, a research fellow at the American University of Beirut, and a research associate at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at Notre Dame University in Lebanon. She is the recipient of the PEO Scholar Award and the American Association of University Women's Dissertation Fellowship. Her areas of research include gender, Arab Americans, Lebanon, social movements, and peace and conflict.