Najib Hourani is an Assistant Professor with a joint-appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Global Urban Studies Program. A Middle East specialist, Dr. Hourani pursues research along two tracks. First, as a student of cities, his interests revolve around questions of urban theory, urban development and redevelopment and post-conflict reconstruction. His works on Beirut and on Amman have appeared in The Journal of Urban Affairs, Middle East Policy and two edited volumes, The PostConflict Environment: Investigation and Critique (Monk and Mundy, eds. 2014), and Global Downtowns (Peterson and McDonogh, eds. 2012). A further piece comparing approaches to post-conflict reconstruction is forthcoming in the journal Citizenship Studies. The second track draws upon political economy and anthropological approaches to civil conflict and transnational war economies, and focuses upon the Lebanese civil wars of 1975-90 and the “Arab Spring” of 2010-12. His research along this track has appeared in The New Centennial Review, GeoPolitics and Islamic Monthly. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript, entitled Glass Towers and Heritage Trails: Neoliberal Urbanism in Beirut and Amman.
Dr. Hourani received his PhD in Politics (New York University, 2005) and holds a Masters in Political Science (Central America) from Tulane University and a Masters in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Prior to his arrival at MSU he taught Middle East History at Fordham University and International Affairs at the New School.