Dr. Aisha Al-Sarihi is currently a visiting research scholar at CCAS. Before coming to Georgetown, Aisha served as a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, looking at the potential for climate policy integration into Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification strategies. Aisha also served as a research officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Middle East Centre, where her research was focused on climate policy in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include energy policy, renewables, and climate policies with a focus on the Gulf Arab states. She holds a MSc and BSc, with distinction, in environmental science from Sultan Qaboos University and a PhD from the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. Her thesis focused on the challenges and opportunities for adopting renewable energy in Oman.
Dr. Hannu Juusola is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where he serves as Director of the MA program for Area and Cultural Studies and teaches regularly on modern Middle Eastern history, societies, and politics. He previously served as Director of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, which was based in Damascus at the time and is now in Beirut. Dr. Juusola’s current research focuses on secularism debates in Lebanon.
Dr. Graham Pitts, the 2018-2019 American Druze Foundation Fellow at CCAS, was a postdoctoral teaching scholar from 2016 to 2018 at North Carolina State University’s International Studies program. He earned both his MA and PhD from Georgetown University’s History Department and his BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. His dissertation was titled “Fallow Fields: Famine and the Making of Lebanon.” Dr. Pitts is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, and French, and has a working knowledge of Turkish. He has taught “Arab Environmental History,” “History of Sectarianism in the Middle East,” “Introduction to International Studies,” and historical survey courses on the Middle East.
During his fellowship, Dr. Pitts will explore the environmental history of the Druze from the late Ottoman period until the present. Demography will feature prominently in his research, which will illuminate Druze population dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the American mahjar. In addition to pursuing scholarly publications and delivering lectures, Dr. Pitts will devote his fellowship year to building a website with resources for Druze genealogy. In October, Dr. Pitts will deliver a talk on the Druze during World War I at the conference “The Druze: Celebrating a Thousand Years of Diversity,” which will take place at the American University of Beirut.
The American Druze Foundation Fellowship was established at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) within Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2012 to support and promote scholarship on Druze communities. The fellowship is open to scholars conducting social scientific research on the Druze, and on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world in the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology.
Dr. Marie van den Bosch is the Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in June 2018, with a focus on Comparative Politics. Her research interests are in authoritarian political systems, regime survival politics and comparative political economy of oil. Her dissertation focused on political survival strategies through economic diversification in oil-dependent countries. Her ongoing research investigates two intertwined questions: what is the effect of non-state elite groups on government spending patterns, and what is the role of oil in shaping political survival strategies for authoritarian regimes. She also holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s CCAS.