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I was born in Beirut, Lebanon to wonderful and loving parents who instilled in me a passion for learning.  I was three years old when the Lebanese Civil War started, and I emigrated to the United States in its last year.  I was eighteen, and decided I had enough.  I began by studying aerospace engineering in the US, but soon discovered I had a greater passion for the humanities and social sciences.  I switched to an interdisciplinary major (Jewish studies) and wrote an honors thesis on religious gatherings to honor saints in Israel. I later chose to become a political scientist.

Growing up in a country torn by civil war left many from my cohort feeling powerless and vulnerable.  The events that shaped our lives seemed too overwhelming and incomprehensible.  Some tried to make sense of them through conspiracy theories or overly elaborate explanations.  Others fatalistically gave up on understanding what drove the behavior of belligerents.  I decided to learn more, and spent my years as a graduate student at UCLA, a fellow at CISAC (Stanford) and a faculty member at IU studying conflict processes.  My book Organizations at War distills my understanding of the processes that govern the evolution and outcomes of civil wars.

I am very lucky for doing what I love to do.  I once erroneously thought of academia as a career, but in fact it is a passion and a calling.  I enjoy producing original research at the cutting edge of knowledge to solve great puzzles of collective human behavior.  I am happy when I teach my students to think rigorously and to feel the urge to learn.  And I believe, now more than ever, in the need for academics to influence the public discourse through reasoned and informed arguments.   Academics are uniquely positioned to be the voice of reason in a public sphere increasingly dominated by hatred, partisanship, discrimination, intolerance and fear. This is why academic freedom (shielding scholars from the influence of ideologues and politicians) is so important, and why ideologues are trying to subvert it. 

One of my major concerns is the increased readiness of some politicians, religious leaders, and ideologically-motivated organizations to restrict civil rights in our society, undermine the integrity of academic freedom, and marginalize Muslim Americans.  All three concerns overlap.  My recent edited volume, Muslims in Western Politics, presents policy recommendations by fifteen experts on these topics to help protect the rights of this vulnerable minority, consolidating liberal democracy in the West, and increasing security for all.

 


I snapped the pictures below on some of my trips.  Feel welcome to use them if you like them.  Click on the picture to access the full-size image.  Others will be added shortly.

 ?2012, all rights reserved

 

The faces of Tahrir Square 1

The faces of Tahrir Square 2 (Azhar demonstration)

The faces of Tahrir Square 3

Qasr al-Nil demonstration

Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square

Women's demonstration, Tahrir Square, Cairo, Dec 2011

Tunisian celebration, Tunis, January 14, 2012

Tunisian celebration, Tunis, January 14, 2012

Tunisian celebration, Tunis, January 14, 2012

Tunisian celebration, Tunis, January 14, 2012

Machu Pichu

Lava running amock, Big Island, Hawaii

Damascene homes

Indiana Fall

Beirut from the Mediterranean Sea

Pakistani Bazar

Venice

Face from Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Bergamo, Italy

Resilience. Hawaii.

Flowing Lava, Hawaii

Flowing Lava, Hawaii

Flowing lava, Hawaii

Americana

Americana

Young Dancer, Hawaii

Flora, Big Island, Hawaii

Sunset

Medusa head pillar, Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Buyuk Ada, Bosphorus, Turkey

Waterfall

Faces from the Kyrgyz Mountains

Faces from the Kyrgyz Mountains

Resilience

Istanbul

Istanbul

Western Wall

Kubbat al-Sakhra

Cathedral, Venice

Al-Qalaa, Rabat, Morocco

Al-Qalaa, Rabat

Rabat

Al-Qalaa in Rabat

In Rabat

Les Calanques, Bouches-du-Rhône

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

In the Andes, Peru

Faces from the Andes, Peru

The Andes, Peru

Perspective on the St. Louis Arch

Perspective on the St. Louis Arch

Perspective on the St. Louis Arch

Venice

Venice

Venice

Two girls, Al-Hussein, Cairo

Alexandria, Egypt

Muhammad Ali Mosque, Cairo

Lamps, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Cairo

Rooftops, Islamic Cairo

Boats on the Nile, Cairo

Old man who just crossed a river, Paktika, Afghanistan

Statue of Hafiz al-Assad in a Damascus Park, Syria

A writer's refuge in Provence, France

Toronto

Vancouver

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