Visiting Scholars

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 Scholars

Housam Darwisheh

Visiting Scholar


Housam Darwisheh specializes in the comparative politics of the Middle East. His current areas of research interest include social movements and Islamic politics in Egypt and Tunisia, state formation and implosion in Syria and Libya, and the impacts of the restructuring of regional order on the politics of different Middle Eastern countries. He has taught courses in Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle East international relations, Middle East regional and national political economy, and inter-Arab politics at the International Christian University in Tokyo and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. His latest publications include ‘Survival, Triumph, and Fall: the Political Transformation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’ (in Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014’, ‘Trajectories and Outcomes of the ‘Arab Spring’: Comparing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria’, (IDE Papers No. 456, 2014), ‘Deciphering Syria’s Power Dynamics and Protracted Conflict’ (in The Middle East Turmoil and Japanese Response, IDE-JETRO, 2013), and ‘Social Movement and Democratization of Egyptian Politics: Egypt’s January 25 Revolution and the Demise of Mubarak’s Regime’, (in Japanese, in The Middle East Political Science,  2012).



Shoko Watanabe

Visiting Scholar


Dr. Shoko Watanabe is Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Japan. Her research interests center on Islamic education, Islamic reform movements and their relationship to national liberation movements in the Maghreb countries (Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco) during the French/Spanish colonial period. She holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo. Her publications include “‘Algeria Muslim no Umma’ no gainen keisei: Kikasha mondai to seikyô bunri hô tekiyô mondai ni taisuru Algeria Ulama kyôkai no kenkai wo daizai ni” (“Conceptualization of ‘Algerian Muslim Umma’: With Reference to the Views of the Association of Algerian Ulama, Concerning the Issues of ‘Naturalization’ and Application of the Law of Separation of Church and State”), Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies, vol. 27, no.1, 2011 (in Japanese), and “Organizational Changes in the Algerian National Movement as seen through the Muslim Boy Scouts in the 1930s and 1940s: The Struggle for Influence between the Association of Ulama and the PPA-MTLD,” The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies, no.30, 2012.