Visiting Research Fellows and Scholars

CMRS hosts a number of visiting research scholars and fellows carrying out independent research projects during their stay in Cairo. During their affiliation, CMRS fellows present at least one seminar and participate in a number of other activities at AUC. CMRS values the contributions that the following research affiliates made to the program. (Names of affiliates listed alphabetically)

Amira Ahmed, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Ms. Ahmed acquired her MA in Anthropology from AUC in 2003 and since then had worked closely with the Forced Migration and Refugee studies Program where she was involved in a number of FMRS Research. She used to work as Assistant to Director in the Office of African Studies before she left to England to purse her PhD. Ahmed’s PhD dissertation “Aliens and Locals: Maids in Contemporary Egypt.” studies and compares the experience of two groups of women migrant domestic workers: Egyptian rural-urban women as internal migrants versus Sudanese refugee women as international migrants. Ahmed came back to AUC during this scholastic year as an FMRS Research Fellow to complete the fieldwork towards her PhD.

Abbas Shiblack, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Shiblak is a Palestinian currently based in England. He led a major research project on the issue of statelessness in the Arab region, which was completed last year. The project was carried out jointly by the Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Centre (Shaml) and a number of institutions in seven countries covered by the project, as well as in exiled communities outside the region, mainly in Europe.  The area covered was the Arab East, including the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel /Palestine and Iraq), as well as Egypt and Kuwait, where the incidence of statelessness is critical and widespread. Reports emanating from the study and recommendations were sent to all stakeholders in order to share the findings with policy makers, legislators, academics, and human rights and advocacy groups with a view to raising the profile of this issue. However, no academic study of the findings has been published.   In order to do so, Shiblak joined FMRS in 2005/2006 as a Research Fellow through the school of Humanities and Social Science to work on preparing a manuscript in English based on the material and data that has been collected.

Ayman Zohry
Research Associate, during the past year he conducted further research relating to his work on the Migration DRC study on Interrelationships between Internal and International Migration in Egypt. Currently Dr. Zohry is a Senior Migration Researcher on a project titled: Information Dissemination for the Prevention of Irregular Migration from Egypt.

Catherine Philippe
MA Candidate at the Department of Political Science, McGill University, Canada. During her affiliation with FMRS, she worked on her MA thesis focusing on refugee issues. She also interned with UNHCR Cairo office, where she worked at the Resettlement Unit.

Fatma Ali
MA Candidate at the Department of Geography, Soderton University Collage, Southern Stockholm. During her affiliation as a Visiting Researcher, she worked independently gathering date for her thesis relation to the situation of Eritrean Refugees in Cairo.

Gamal Adam
Research Fellow, he conducted fieldwork on Sudanese in Egypt towards his PhD dissertation with the University of Canada on a grant from the International Development and Research Center in Canada (IDRC). His research titled: Living in Limbo: The Case of Young Sudanese Male Refugees in Cairo.

Graig Smith
Craig D. Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. Craig has recently become affiliated with CMRS as a research fellow for the duration of his fieldwork in Egypt, which is expected to last for one year. His thesis research investigates the international politics of irregular migration, focusing on the security implications of militarized borders around the Mediterranean region. His research in Egypt situates projections for climate change-induced migration in the Nile Delta within this regional context. His project is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre

Gudrun Kroner
Kroner was affiliated with FMRS when she was conducting research towards her PhD dissertation. She acquired her PhD in July 2006, her PhD thesis was: "Beyond Local Contexts: A comparative analysis of female refugee experience in the Arab-Muslim world". She is now working for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Commission for Social Anthropology where she is currently doing field research on Palestinians in Jordan. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna where she is teaching a course on methods of refugee research.

Hein de Haas
De Haas is currently a Research officer at the International Migration Institute of the University of Oxford where he joined in January 2006. Previously, for a period of five years, he was an affiliated researcher and lecturer at the CIDIN (Center for International Development Issues Nijmegen) at the University of Nijmegen.
De Haas is specialized on issues of migration and development with a particular focus on Morocco. He was affiliated with FMRS during his fieldwork for his postdoctoral research project. The research entailed a comparative study on migration and development in migrant sending areas of the southern and eastern Mediterranean (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey).
During his affiliation with FMRS he gave a talk in FMRS seminar series, was a regular participant of FMRS research meetings, and was one of the reviewers of FMRS report “Expectations and Experiences of Resettlement” (See under Reports).

Jenin Elena Abed
Jenin Elena Abed (born 1983) is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
After graduating from University of Applied Science Bremen, Germany, in International Political Management, she obtained a master's degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. During her course of studies she spent academic stays abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo and at the San Jose State University in the US.

Kelsey Norman
Kelsey P. Norman is a PhD candidate at the University of California Irvine. Her research covers labor market migration from the perspectives of both immigrant-receiving and immigrant-sending countries, as well as the resettlement of refugees.
Norman has most recently lived in Toronto, where she worked with various settlement organizations and conducted research on policies that provide support for immigrants upon arrival in Canada. She is currently living in Cairo, completing her research on citizenship and migration as a CMRS affiliate. As part of her research, Norman has been interviewing members of nongovernmental organizations, service providers and community-based centers to examine the relationship between these organizations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Egyptian government.

Leigh Ellison Sylvan, FMRS Research Assistant
Leigh Sylvan holds a BA in History from the University of Rice, Houston, Texas. She came to Egypt in November 2005 and became affiliated with FMRS as a Research Assistant to Barbara Harrell Bond on the pre-feasibility study for the formulation of the Egyptian Refugee Multicultural Council.  (See more under Outreach) During her stay in Egypt she participated in the investigative research conducted by FMRS on the forced removal of Sudanese protestors from a park near the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. (See above under Research). She also did her own research during the demonstration and wrote an article entitled “Refugee Protest in the Global South: Recent Development.” The article was published in the World Refugee Survey of the U.S Committee for refugees and migrants.

Louis Thomas, FMRS Researcher
Louis Thomas holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.  Under the supervision of Harrell-Bond, Louis Thomas spent six months in Cairo examining the situation of Eritrean and Ethiopian Muslim refugees assessing through interviews their needs, difficulties and insecurities. She presented the findings of her research at the FMRS seminar series. Moreover, the report that came out of her research will be published soon by FMRS as FMRS Working Paper N0.7. Currently she is working towards her PhD thesis on mixed Eritrean-Ethiopian families.

Maissa Youssef, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Youssef is a Killam Scholar and a Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.  While formally in the English Department, Youssef’s research has followed a fundamentally interdisciplinary trajectory, challenging commonly accepted assumptions and notions. Her MA research on Contemporary Social and Political Thought focused on the Political Legitimacy of Collective Violence and her current research towards her PhD focuses on statelessness and the political possibilities and limitations for those outside the sphere of politics. Youssef gave a talk in FMRS seminar series and was an active member of the research team who worked on the report of the events surrounding the forced removal of the Sudanese protestors.

Maja Janmyr
Maja Janmyr is a researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen. Her research addresses issues related to the international laws of responsibility, international human rights, refugee law, and humanitarian law.  Her doctoral dissertation addresses the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ international responsibility in relation to insecurity in refugee camps (Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International Responsibility, Brill 2013). Her current work focuses on readmission agreements and the forced return of failed asylum seekers. She has held previous assignments with the Swedish Red Cross and the Norwegian Organization for Deportees. She has been a visiting researcher at Makerere University in Uganda (2009) and at the Swedish College of Defence (2011). In 2014, she was awarded the ‘Meltzer Young Researcher Award’ for outstanding scientific achievements. The link to her recently published book

Nina Gren
PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at Göteborg University, Sweden. She carried out field work on the West Bank in 2003 and 2004 and is currently writing on her thesis with the preliminary title Legacy of Al Nakba: Politics and Everyday Life in a Palestinian Refugee Camp. Her research focuses on violence, displacement, home making, gender and memory.

Olivia Moseley
During 2007/2008 academic year, the center hosted Olivia Moseley. Olivia was affiliated with CMRS during her field work focusing on the concept of race and the   experiences/practices of racism in Cairo. She is a MA-PhD student in Arab Studies and History at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  

Peroline Ainsworth
Research associate at the Food Science and Nutrition Department at Oxford Brooks University in England. Her research topic is on "Changing diet and Food Habits: Challenges and concerns in adapting to a new food and health environment - A case study of Southern Sudanese in Cairo". Her study explored the changing significance of food among Southern Sudanese forced migrants living in Cairo, how their diet and eating habits changed, what factors influenced these changes, how are these changes putting their  health at risk, and what are people's own concerns?

Saija Niemi, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Ms. Niemi is a PhD Candidate in human geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on how the southern Sudanese transnational forced migration movements between diverse cultural environments are linked with shaping of identities of various status groups within the southern Sudanese diaspora at different levels. For the PhD research Ms. Niemi has carried out fieldwork in Finland,
Egypt, the Sudan and Uganda. Ms. Niemi has previously worked, for example, in the International Organization for Migration in the regional offices in Cairo and Helsinki as well as in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has worked, studied and visited various countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe.