Lamis Abdelaaty joins Politics

September 23, 2013

The Politics Department warmly welcomes Lamis Abdelaaty, who (along with Melanie Springer), recently joined our faculty as an assistant professor.

Lamis comes to Santa Cruz from Princeton University, where she pursued her doctoral studies. Prior to that, she studied political science and economics at the American University in Cairo, graduating summa cum laude and continuing to obtain a master's degree, then earned a second master's degree at McGill University in political science.

Lamis enhances the international side of the department's curriculum and expertise. Her dissertation explores questions concerning international refugees and asylum policies, explaining in particular why a number of countries have given the United Nations control of asylum procedures and refugee camps on their territory. Her work includes quantitative analysis of an original set of data on asylum applications, as well as on-the-ground field research in Egypt, Kenya and Turkey. As Lamis argues, this research addresses an important real-world phenomenon that is particularly timely in light of the current refugee crisis in Syria, and that impacts the lives of millions of refugees around the world. It also fits well with concerns and interests that are widely shared in the Politics department and elsewhere on campus.

Congratulations and welcome, Lamis!