Dr. Guita G. Hourani is the Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Notre Dame University (NDU), and Director of the International Campaign, as well as the Secretary General of Lebanon Dialogue Initiative (LDI). She has a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. She is currently teaching a course on the role of diasporas in conflict, peace-building and development, a course on the history of Lebanon and a course on project management. She is presently Country of Origin Information Expert on Lebanon for the Fahamu Refugee Programme (Oxford, England); Migration Expert for the International Labor Organization (ILO) MAGNET Program; Expert on Citizenship with the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship, Italy; Network Member and Country Expert with the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM), Italy; Editorial Board Member Mashreq & Mahjar Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, USA; Editorial Board Member Maronite Patriarchal Journal, Lebanon; Member of the Editorial Board of the Eastern Mediterranean Texts and Contexts Series at Abelian Academics, a Division of the Abelian Publishing Group, USA; and Director of Research/Senior Consultant to both the Lebanese Development Network and Carthage Center for Research and Information, Lebanon. She was a Fellow of the Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship program (CELF) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in New York and a Fellow at the Institute of Christian Oriental Research at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, USA. She also served as a member of the Migration Expert Committee of the Directorate of Migrants at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the UNDP National Academic Working Group on Migration in Lebanon, as well as an expert on migration for the Maronite Patriarchal Synod. Dr. Hourani was an International Development Consultant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. While in USA, she pioneered a course on the role of women in war, peace and conflict resolution and lectured on it in various universities and institutions. Her current projects include an edited book on issues related to ‘In Line with the Divine’: the Struggle for Gender Equality in Lebanon,” a memorial volume dedicated to the late Professor Rita Sabat (1974-2013), Dr. Rita Stephan, Dr. Guita Hourani, and Dr. Cornelia Horn (Editors), Abelian Publishing, [forthcoming Summer 2015] and two papers one on the methodology of research in the Middle East and another on Lebanon’s refugee policies both in cooperation with Dr. Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous. Dr. Hourani has conducted research in over 25 countries and given lectures and papers in more than 24 countries. Dr. Hourani has conceptualized, designed methodologies, implemented and written final reports on projects related to migration, refugees, socioeconomic mobility, political participation, human insecurity, integration policies, access to information, among others. Dr. Hourani has, in the last eight years, received over $441,000 USD in individual and collective grants and bids to conduct various studies. Her recent publications include: “Bilateral Relations, Security and Migration: Lebanese Expatriates in the Gulf States, European Scientific Journal (ESJ), June 2014.

Email: g.hourani@lebanondialogue.org

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