Dean's Message on Research Impact

We are a diverse community of scholars dedicated to world-class research, teaching, and service. Our faculty research is recognized both regionally and globally, with a broad scope of original scholarship and publications, and significant contributions to international dialogues and policy development.



Research Excellence

Integrated within the undergraduate curriculum, research and analytical writing are fundamental and distinctive components of the GU-Q student experience. Research is also integral to the university’s core commitment to service, and its capacity to engage on a range of complex issues, in particular those of national and regional concern.

Across our university, faculty, students and staff are researching issues in international affairs, history, Islamic studies, media and politics, security studies, and more.  The following is a compendium of recent faculty and student work, including books, articles, policy briefs, and conference proceedings—organized to encourage communication of this new knowledge to the public, and facilitate collaboration with other researchers.

Research Achievements

Our scholars continue to shine, both globally and in the region, with a range of original research projects, publications, and involvement in major international conferences. Our in-house research institute, the Center for International and Regional Studies, provides a forum for globally and locally relevant research while encouraging an exchange of ideas with scholars, opinion-makers, practitioners, and activists.

Meanwhile, our students’ commitment to academic excellence has resulted in achievements including numerous awards, participation in international research programs, and the student run Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, an international academic research conference for undergraduate students.

“Our students’ commitment to academic excellence has resulted in numerous achievements.”

Latest Research News

Georgetown and Education Above All Foundation to Host Joe Cerrell of the Gates Foundation for Working Together during COVID-19 Talk at QF

The world has experienced decades of human development progress. But climate change, conflict, and now a global pandemic are taking a dramatic toll on international efforts to improve and save lives through these initiatives.  To discuss the pressing challenges that lie ahead, QF-partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), in partnership with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), is hosting Joe Cerrell, Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy for the Bill…

Third Georgetown Diplomatic Training Workshop at QF Offers Strategies for Peace in a World of Conflict

A global leader in the peacebuilding field, former U.S. diplomat and current CEO of The Alliance for Peacebuilding, Uzra Zeya will be offering a workshop on “Fragile States and Post Conflict” at QF partner, Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). Organized in collaboration with Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) in Washington, DC, this third installment of GU-Q’s Diplomatic Education Workshop Series will be held virtually on Tuesday October…

Local and Global Scholars Attend Georgetown’s Inaugural Loiy Hammad Memorial Lecture Series at QF

The Indian Ocean Working Group (IOWG) research initiative at QF-partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) organized the inaugural Loiy Hammad Memorial Lecture by Dr. Thomas F. McDow from Ohio State University on the subject of his book, Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean. In Buying Time, a finalist for the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize for Best Book in East African Studies, Dr. McDow analyzes Swahili…

Faculty Research Awards

A number of our faculty have received faculty research awards for their publications. Granted by professional organizations, these awards are an important acknowledgment of the quality and impact of the research conducted at GU-Q.

Awarded Authors

Jose Asturias

Jose Asturias

Asturias, Jose, Manuel García-Santana, and Roberto Ramos. 2019. Competition and the Welfare Gains from Transportation Infrastructure: Evidence from the Golden Quadrilateral of India.; Journal of the European Economic Association, 17, no. 6: 1881–1940. Winner of the 2020 Hicks Tinbergen Medal (European Economics Association)


Max Oidtmann

Forging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet. New York: Columbia. University Press, 2018. Winner of the 2020 E. Gene Smith Inner Asian Book prize (Association for Asian Studies).


Phoebe Musandu

Pressing Interests: The Agenda and Influence of a Colonial East African Newspaper Sector. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018. Winner of the 2019 Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize (American Historical Association).


Mohamed Zayani

Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia. Oxford Studies in Digital Politics Series. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Winner of the 2019 ISA-ICOMM International Communication Best Book Award (International Studies Association) and more.

Faculty Annual Reports

Our Faculty Annual Report highlights the achievements and activities of GU-Q’s world-class faculty throughout the academic year.