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Sami Hermez

Assistant Professor in Residence, Liberal Arts Program
Northwestern University in Qatar

Sami Hermez, PhD, is assistant professor in residence of anthropology at Northwestern University in Qatar. He obtained his doctorate degree from the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University.

His research focuses on the everyday life of political violence in Lebanon, and his broader concerns include the study of social movements, the state, memory, security, and human rights in the Arab World.

He has held posts as visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, visiting professor of Contemporary International Issues at the University of Pittsburgh, visiting professor of anthropology at Mt. Holyoke College, and postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. His professional experience includes work with the United Nations Capital Development Fund and World Bank in New York and Sana’a, Yemen, as well as a stint with the UN Development Program in Beirut. At NU-Q he teaches classes in anthropology that include topics such as violence, gender and anthropology in the Middle East.


-Hermez, Sami. War Is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

-Hermez, Sami. “When the state is (n) ever present: on cynicism and political mobilization in Lebanon.” Journal of the royal anthropological institute 21, no. 3 (2015): 507-523.

-Hermez, Sami. “Activism as ‘part-time’activity: Searching for commitment and solidarity in Lebanon.” Cultural Dynamics 23, no. 1 (2011): 41-55.