Faculty Research

The Georgetown SFS-Q faculty demonstrates an unrivaled commitment to world-class research, teaching, and public service. SFS-Q staff members conduct research on a variety of intellectual and social issues. They use innovative research techniques to examine matters of concern to the modern world and to gain deeper insights into the ancient world.

Browse this section to learn more about our faculty member's research, both past and present.


  • Qatar Study of Migrant Families
  • Conflict Resolution by Qatar and Saudi Arabia: New Roles in Regional Diplomacy
  • Pedagogy for Heritage Learners
  • Motivation, Skills, Needs, and Expectations of Heritage Learner Students (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • Qatar Study of Migrant Families (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • The Influence of India on French Philosophy (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • Vietnam's Transition to the Market, the Subjective Quality of Life, and Returns to Education (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • History, Ruins, Voices: Herman Melville's Clarel (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • Ambassadors of Christ: African Immigrant Churches in New York City (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • Islam and the Ethics of War: A History (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • Innovation vs. Imitation in the Pharmaceutical Sector (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • The Feminine in Religions (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • Amin Maalouf's Work: A Bridge between Cultures (Faculty Research Grant 2009)
  • In the Shadow of Languages and Places: Revisiting Amin Maalouf's Concept of Identity (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • The Case of Muriel Barbary's The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • Does the Law of One Price Hold? Evidence from Scanner Data in Seven Countries (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • Measures of Market Access (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • An Islamist- Liberal Project: Democratizing Turkey (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • Mobile Faith: African Immigrant Churches in the United States (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • Media Arabic: Textbook for Arabic Heritage Learners (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • Phonology of Gulf Arabic: A Comparative Study of Urban Dialects (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • Exporting the Alaska Model: Can the Permanent Fund Dividend be Adapted as a Reform Model Around the World? (Faculty Research Grant 2010)
  • River Resource Conflict in South Asia (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Phonology of Arabic Dialects: A Comparative Study (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Piety and Power: Charismatic Religious Movements in Nigeria and the Diaspora (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • The Power to Say No: Freedom, Property and Basic Income (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • An Experiment of Human Cooperation among Workers from Kerala in Qatar (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Women and Family in Islam, a History (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Production of a Media Arabic Textbook for Heritage Learners (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Metaphysics of Relativity in Mystical Theology (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Religion in Amin Maalouf’s Fictional History (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Selection of papers for publication at the Université d’Aix en Provence (Faculty Research Grant 2011)
  • Science Productivity, Higher Education Development, and the Knowledge Society
  • Political Religious Cinema, Ecology, and Civil Society (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • India, Bangladesh, and the Teesta River (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Domestic Effects of International Human Rights Treaty Ratification in the Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
  • Dimensions and Aspects of the Methaphysics of Relativity in Mystical Discourse (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • The Journey as Quest in the Work of Amin Maalouf (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • History of Marriage in Islam (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Course Package: From Reading to Writing (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • The Syllabic Structure of the Arabic Dialects (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Do Tweets Affect the Behavior of Stocks? (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Variant Readings min Zajjaji’s ‘Jumal (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • State-Building in the West Bank and Gaza (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Labor Market Development and Returns to Education During Vietnam’s Transition, 1993-2012 (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Religion in the Making of the Arabian Gulf States (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • West African Religious Traditions: An Introduction (Faculty Research Grant 2012)
  • Advancing Financial Education for Transnational Families
  • Emerging Sectarian Fault-lines and Regional Security in the Arab Revolution
  • Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics
  • Presentation at Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF), San Francisco, U.S.A.: Quest/ Conquest of New Worlds (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Different Experiences of ‘Teaching Arabic for Special Purposes’ in the Arab World (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Arabic Writing System and Dialects: From Phonology to Script (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • West African Religious History: An Introduction (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Social and Political Discourse in Lebanon regarding the Syrian Revolution (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Acquisition of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data for Vietnam to Support Ongoing Research on Returns to Education, Income Growth and Inequality, and Poverty Reduction During Vietnam’s Twenty Years of Transition (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Salafism (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • At Second Sight: Whitman, Du Bois, and the Material Vision of Trauma (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Exile, Gender, and the Other in the Work of the Morroccan Francophone Writer Tahar ben Jelloun (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Semi-Authentic Listening Material for Heritage Learners (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • The Arabian Mission: American Missionaries in Saudi Arabia (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Lending Constraints and Voting Behavior (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • The Qing Colonial Legal System and the Making of Modern Tibet (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Sacred Interests: Islam and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1821-1921 (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Qatari Phrasebook and Culture Hints (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Community Participation and Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Debating Darfur (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Impact of Skills Trainings for Filipino Workers (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Re-Envisioning Security in the Gulf (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Indus Basin: Impact of Trans-boundary Relations on Pakistan’s Water Security (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • World Literature and National Culture: A History of Literacy Translation in Turkey (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Issues in Comparative Mysticism (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Arabic as a Heritage Language: Yemeni Americans (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Religion and the State in the Arab Gulf States (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • The Acquisition of Standard Arabic Morphosyntax by Heritage and Native Speakers of Dialectal Arabic (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • Surrogacy Arrangements Under Islamic Law and Ethics (Faculty Research Grant 2013)
  • The Dialectic of the Law: Knowledge Society and Continuity in al-Juwayni (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Ethics and Law in the Courtroom (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • An Experimental Evaluation of the Returns to Skill Training of Migrant Workers in Qatar
  • Safeguarding Food and Environment in Qatar (SAFE-Q)
  • Website: SAFE-Q Project (link is external)
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Interfaith Initiatives
  • Using Half a Trillion Tweets to Analyze Sentiments in the Arab World
  • The Politics of Hope (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Mystical Mediations (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • The Lake Mohonk Conference of the Friends of the Indians and Other Dependent Peoples (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Labor Market Development and Returns to Education During Vietnam’s Transition (1993-2010)
  • Salafism: Politics and Discourses (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Students’ Errors: Survey and Evaluation Approach; Towards a Practical Method for Building Fluency (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • History of Islam in Latin America (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Millennial Politics and the Culture Wars (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • A Parallel Literary History of Bengal, Mexico, and Turkey (1925-75) (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Beyond the Economics of Peace: External Intervention, Conflict Resolution, and the Palestinian State-Building Project (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Commitment to Wellness (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Reimagining Religious Identity: Engaging Chrislam in Contemporary Nigeria (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Developing iOS/Android App for Practicing Preposition and Postposition in Arabic (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Comparative Study of Negation in Arabic (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Securalism under Siege in Lebanon’s Second Republic
  • Arabic as a Heritage Language (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Water Security and Conflict Prevention in the Indus Basin (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Presentations at two International Conferences: Aix en Provence, France and Dakar Senegal (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Qur’anic Terminology in Modern Public Sphere (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • For God, Oil and Country: American in Arabia, 1889-1933 (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • How Promotions Affect Measures of International Price Differences (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Islamic Lineage Regulations and Modern Biomedical Technology (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Nasser in the Egyptian Imaginary (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • The Natural and the Normative (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Androgyny as Ambiguity in the Fiction of Tahar Ben Jelloun and Raja Alem (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Ongoing Research: Returns to Education, Income Inequality, Poverty Reduction & Transition to the Market Economy (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions of Sectarianism in the Middle East (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Pressing Interests: An East African Newspaper History (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Normative Status of Custom in Islamic Law between Tradition and Modernity (Faculty Research Grant 2014)
  • Develop a Computer Application that Trains the User to Draw the Arabic Letter ‘Hamza’ Correctly in Arabic (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Translation, Humanism, and Culture Planning: The Making of World Literature in Turkey, 1930-1970 (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Networks and the Gains from New Transportation Infrastructure (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • European External Intervention in the Middle East: 1967-2014 (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Interest Group Politics (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Narrating the Arab Uprisings: The Case of Tunisian Fiction (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Africa’s Illiberal State-Builders (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Myth in Mexican, Bengali, and Turkish Literature (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • History Revisited in the Work of the Saudi Writer Raja Alem (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Mother of the Nation: Pakistan and Gender Through the Life of Fatima Jinnah (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • The Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • The Arabic Phoneme ‘Ji:m’ between Phonology and Orthography (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Imagining Industan: Overcoming Water Insecurity in the Indus Basin (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Force and Fraternity: Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • The American Mission: Americans and the Arab Gulf, 1889-1950 (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Democratization, Religion, and Governance (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Arabic Heritage Learners Corpus (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Presentations at two International Conferences in London, UK and in Dakar, Senegal (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Lab and Field Experiments (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Pressing Interests: The Politico-economics of an East African Newspaper Sector (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Bengal’s Beleaguered Borders: Is there a Fix for the Indian Subcontinent’s Transboundary Problems? (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • A History of the Passport (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Returns to Education in Vietnam, Income Inequality in China, and Sanitation Intervention Impacts in Vietnam (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Manipulating Electoral Externalities in Multi-level Systems (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Geography of Savings: Evidence from Rural China (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Overcoming Barriers to International Migration (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Translation of Tawfiq al-Hakim’s work ‘Arini Ellah- Show Me God (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Material Silence: Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Posthuman Poetics (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Arabic as a Heritage Language in the United States: College Students (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Tense, Mood, and Aspect in Arabic (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Toward a Cross-Religious Meta-Language of Metaphysics: An Inquiry into Frithjof Schuon’s Lexicon 1907-1998 (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Gender Differentiation in Intergenerational Care-giving and its Influence on Migration (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Islamic Criminal Law and Human Rights in the Maldives (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Darfur Allegory (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Missions, Empire, and the Making of a Vernacular Christianity in Modern South Asia (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Legal Politics of the Sino-Tibetan Frontier and the Making of Modern Tibet, 1792-1940 (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • When Cities Fight Back: Minorities, Local Politics, and Conflict in Comparative Perspective (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Price Behavior and Promotions (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • A History of the Pashtun Nation (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Justice as the Pursuit of Accord (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Middle East (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Salafism: Documents and Narratives (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Sacred Fury: Engaging Religion and Violence in Contemporary Nigeria (Faculty Research Grant 2015)
  • Structure of the Nuclear Family in the Wake of Genetic and Reproductive Technologies
  • Boundaries of Personal Autonomy in Islamic Bioethics in Light of the Debate on Euthanasia