AGYA Member

Tamirace Fakhoury

Political Science

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Arab Diaspora Politics and Transnational Social Movements in the West; Politics of Democratization in the Middle East; Power Sharing in Divided Societies (focus on Lebanon)

About me

Tamirace Fakhoury is Assistant Professor in Political Sciences at the Lebanese American University in Beirut/Byblos and completing a research project on the modes of Arab diasporic mobilization with special focus on the 2011 uprisings at the GIGA Hamburg:

Political studies have predominantly looked at the politics of democratization and citizenship in the Arab world through the lens of the Arab state system and its institutions. My research addresses power sharing in divided societies where religion has become a conflict marker, and the transnational political practices of Arab communities in the West.

As an AGYA member, I am motivated to develop scholarly and policy synergies between the Arab world and international communities. I hope to create a web of linkages to empower the production of knowledge in Social Sciences in the Arab world. Moreover, I am co-developing within the AGYA a research cluster on the ideational, political and cultural transfers of migrant communities in the Euro-Mediterranean contact zone. I am particularly interested in converting the findings of this research cluster into policy-orientated outcomes with a view to (i) bridging the gap between theory and practice in migration and refugee studies in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean zone, and (ii) harnessing the potential of Arab transnational communities in public and policy spheres.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Transformation & Common Heritage and Common Challenges
  • Co-founder of the AGYA research cluster on refugee transfers in the Euro-Mediterranean zone (with AGYA member Jenny Osterle)
  • Since October 2015: Specialist support for the research project: “Syrian communities Justice Concerns in Lebanon and Access to Formal and Informal Justice systems,” Lebanon
  • Consultant with International Alert on issues at the heart of intercommunal dialogue, and security sector reform in Lebanon

Academic Career

2014 - Visiting Assistant Professor, German Institute of Global and Area studies (GIGA); Hamburg, Germany (Alexander von Humboldt award for advanced researchers)
2012 - Visiting Assistant Professor (summer sessions), International & Area Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), University of California (UOC); Berkeley, USA
2011 - Assistant Professor, Political Sciences & International Affairs, Lebanese American University; Beirut/Byblos, Lebanon
2011 Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, CMES, UOC; Berkeley, USA
2010 - 2011 Jean Monnet postdoctoral Fellow, Migration Policy Center, European University Institute (EUI); Florence, Italy
2008 - 2010 Research Assistant & Coordinator, Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration, EUI; Florence, Italy
2007 Research Fellow & Non-permanent Lecturer, Arnold Bergstraesser Inst. & Inst. of International Education of Students; Freiburg, Germany
2007 PhD in Political Sciences, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität; Freiburg, Germany
2005 - 2006 Non-permanent Lecturer, Dept. of International Politics, University of Freiburg; Germany

Selected Publications


  • Fakhoury, T. (2014). Transnational Immigrant Narratives on Arab Democracy: The Case of Student Associations at UC Berkeley, International Migration, 1-14, DOI: 10.1111/imig.12164.
  • Fakhoury, T. (2014). Do Power-Sharing Systems Behave Differently amid Regional Uprisings? Lebanon in the Arab Protest Wave, Middle East Journal, 68(4), 505-520.
  • Fakhoury, T. (2014). Debating Lebanon’s Power-Sharing Model: An Opportunity or an Impasse for Democratization Studies in the Middle East? The Arab Studies Journal 22(1), 230-255.

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Lebanese American University Department of Social Sciences

P.O. Box 36 Byblos Lebanon


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