I have taught several courses at USF, including International Relations, Global Violence, Acquisition of Knowledge, Contemporary Middle East, and Women in the Middle East. As an Arab woman born and raised in Syria, I bring a unique international and interdisciplinary focus to my teaching, which stresses the historical ties and social interaction between the region and the west, most notably Europe, as well as the ways that colonialism has complicated women’s struggle for emancipation.
My research spans a wide range of topics. I have published peer-reviewed articles in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and Contemporary Arab Affairs and contributed a chapter to the edited volume, The New Global Politics: Global Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century. My dissertation focuses on the role of restorative justice in international criminal justice. Here I draw from the discipline of criminology to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of restorative justice in international affairs and the conventional limits and negative effects of international criminal justice. By drawing on constructivism and liberal institutionalism to configure these limits, I argue that conventional theories have privileged retributive justice and ignored the social reality of restorative justice and its implications for explaining world order. Articulating these benefits thus requires us to distinguish between the rigid ontology informing retributive justice and the deeper social ontology of restorative justice. I conclude that incorporating restorative justice elements into the existing international criminal justice system requires a deeper understanding of the social reality of international justice.