Speaker Bios

Nada Abdul-Hay, Georgetown University in Qatar

Nada Abdelhay is a Georgetown University in Qatar alumna, who graduated in May 2016 with a major in International History, while focusing her studies on Middle-Eastern and Islamic history. She is a member of the National Honor Society of History & Theta Alpha Kappa. As a student, Nada held several student employment positions on and off-campus, while also volunteering with Reach out to Asia as a Youth Advisory Board Member for six years. Upon her graduation, she worked with several faculty members as a Research Fellow during the 2016-2017 academic year. She also worked at Qatar Red Crescent as a Disaster Response Coordinator, coordinating relief and recovery projects implemented my QRC missions in Libya and the Philippines. She currently works as a Course Assistant for two freshman ProSeminar classes at GU-Q

Rogaia Abusharaf, Georgetown University in Qatar

Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is a professor of anthropology and author of Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement (University of Chicago Press 2009); Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives (Ed.) (University of Pennsylvania Press 2006) and Wanderings (Cornell University Press 2002). She is the editor of the 2010 special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Duke University Press).

In addition to numerous book chapters and essays, some of her articles appeared in the Sciences, South Atlantic Quarterly, Differences, Anthropology and Humanism, History and Anthropology, Oriental Anthropology, International Migration, Radical Philosophy Review, Anthropology News, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences and Black Renaissance.

She was a recipient of postdoctoral and senior fellowships at Durham University in the U.K., Brown, and Harvard. Her work was supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Sir William Luce Memorial Fellowship, Andrew Mellon and MIT Center for International Studies and Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center, and the Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences. Abusharaf's work was also featured in media interviews with NPR, Voice of America, Progressive Radio, Ontario Public TV, and more recently, Africa and the World Documentary Film Series. She writes on culture and politics, anthropology of gender, human rights, migration and diaspora issues in Sudan, the Gulf, the U.S., Canada, and Liverpool, U.K.

Nadeen El-Ashmawy

Nadeen El-Ashmawy graduated from Georgetown University in Qatar in May 2016 with a major in Culture and Politics, honors in her major, and a Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies. She is currently a course assistant at Georgetown and her responsibilities include assisting with course preparation and delivery. She was previously a research fellow at Georgetown where she contributed to various academic and research oriented projects. She plans to pursue further studies in the near future; and her interests are particularly focused on gender studies and international development.

Susanne Dahlgren, University of Toledo

Susanne Dahlgren holds a PhD in Anthropology from University of Helsinki and has studied at the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Tampere, Finland. She also acts as an Academic Scholar at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. Her publications include “Contesting Realities. The Public Sphere and Morality in Southern Yemen”. (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press 2010) and “Middle Eastern Family Revisited,” a special issue of Hawwa (2008). Dahlgren has carried out ethnographic studies in Southern Yemen since the 1980s and has published, among other issues on family courts, revolution squares and public moralities.

Asma Halim, University of Toledo

Asma M. Abdel Halim is an associate professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Toledo, USA. She teaches courses on gender and women’s issues in non-Western cultures, particularly African women and Muslim women’s legal and cultural issues. Her pedagogical interests include international conventions and issues of poverty, cultural practices, laws affecting the lives of women, and issues of conflict and peace. Halim’s scholarly interests include feminism and women’s issues, and legal and human rights issues under socio-cultural and religious mandates. Her current research project is looking into Sudanese laws from a feminist perspective in an effort to record and analyze the various constitutions that governed the evolution of laws in the country and laws that directly affect women’s rights such as personal status laws (Ahwal Shakhsiyya) and criminal law. Halim has published articles and books and participated in international and local conferences and meetings that address her research interests.

Islah Jad, Bir Zeit University

Dr. Islah Jad (Hossneya Gad) is an associate professor, currently linked to Qatar University’s International Affairs Department since 2014. Jad is a lecturer on gender issues and politics at the Women's Studies Institute and Cultural Studies Institute of Bir Zeit University, where she was its director from 2008-2013. She is a founding member of its women’s studies M.A. program. She has written books and papers on the role of women in politics, Palestinian women and the relationships among them, Islam, and NGOs. Jad is also a consultant on gender issues to the United Nations Development Program and is co-author of the U.N.'s Arab Development Report on Women's Empowerment and author of two books; Palestinian Female Headed Households, (MAS, Ramallah, 2002) and Women at the Crossroads: The Palestinian Women's Movement between Nationalism, Secularism and Islamism, (MUWATIN-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, Ramallah, Palestine, June 2008, second edition reprinted by Dar al Farabi, Beirut, 2013). Jad received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2004.

Rosemary Kilkenny, Georgetown University

Rosemary Kilkenny is Georgetown University’s first Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Rosemary has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Affirmative Action, Howard Road Academy and National Child Research Center respectively. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington, D.C. She is an active participant in community affairs and campus activities. She has given many seminars on such topics as Cultural Diversity, Sexual Harassment, and Legal Issues in Affirmative Action to name a few topics on which she has presented at national, regional, and on campus venues. She was one of five Americans invited to Faith University, Istanbul, Turkey to give a presentation at an international conference on social justice in higher education. Her talk was very well received and covered by the national press in Turkey.

Rosemary received her Juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center; and her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kent State University.

Pheobe Musandu, Georgetown University in Qatar

Phoebe Musandu is a scholar of African history. She has research interests in African historical methodology and mass media and has published papers on women and gender history. Her last major research project resulted in a manuscript she is preparing for publication that examines the establishment and operations of various secular newspapers in East Africa between 1899 and 1990. As a consequence of working on this project, she has also developed an interest in the history of other forms of mass media as well as African commercial history which she intends to cultivate in the long-term. Musandu obtained her doctoral degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Department of History.

Amira Sonbol, Georgetown University in Qatar

Amira Sonbol is a professor of history at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Sonbol specializes in the history of modern Egypt, Islamic history and law, women, gender and Islam and is the author of several books including The New Mamluks: Egyptian Society and Modern Feudalism; Women, the Family and Divorce Laws in Islamic History; The Creation of a Medical Profession in Egypt: 1800-1922; The Memoirs of Abbas Hilmi II: Sovereign of Egypt; Women of the Jordan: Islam, Labor and Law; Beyond the Exotic:Muslim Women's Histories. Professor Sonbol is Editor-in-Chief of HAWWA: the Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World published by E.J. Brill and Co-Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, a quarterly journal co-published with Selly Oak Colleges (UK). She teaches courses on the History of Modern Egypt, Women and Law, and Islamic Civilization.

Luciano Zaccara, Qatar University

Luciano Zaccara is research assistant professor in Gulf Politics at Qatar University’s Gulf Studies Center. He is a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University in Qatar, and director of the Observatory on Politics and Elections in the Arab and Muslim World in Spain. He obtained a B.A. in Political Science from National University of Rosario, Argentina, and a Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain.

His research interests are Iranian politics and foreign policy; Gulf politics; international relations in the Persian Gulf; and electoral systems in MENA. His last publications in 2017 and 2016 include a co-edited book on Iran-GCC relations, two peer reviewed articles on Iran politics and GCC citizenship policies (coauthored), a book chapter on Iranian foreign policy, and six articles on foreign policy of the GCC states, Iranian elections, and Iranian foreign policy.