Experts & Staff

Carmen Geha

ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

political mobilisation, political reform, crises, inclusion, gender, refugees, protests, Arab Middle East and North Africa


English, Arabic, conversational French


Carmen Geha is an activist and associate professor of public administration at the American University of Beirut. She specialises in mass political mobilisation and the challenges to political reform across the Arab Middle East and North Africa. She is a co-founder of the Center for Inclusive Business & Leadership for Women at AUB, focusing on gender-inclusive employer policies across the region. She is also a co-founder of Khaddit Beirut (the shake-up).

Geha oversees a large portfolio of research programs and grants in 11 Arab MENA countries focussed on women’s economic participation as well as gender, peace, and security. Her work has been published in the Middle East Journal, the British Journal for Middle East Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Journal of Refugee Studies, and Social Movement Studies among others. Geha regularly advises and consults for top international organisations, UN agencies, and government institutions across the region.

Geha has a PhD in international relations from the University of St. Andrews, and was the 2018-2019 fellow in social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. She has been a visiting fellow at the WiSER Institute in Johannesburg, Weatherhead Center at Harvard, and the Watson Institute in Brown University.