Middle East Studies

Rawan Arar

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Department: Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Office: By Appointment


Rawan Arar is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California San Diego, M.A. in women’s and gender studies from the University of Texas, Austin, and B.A. in sociology from the University of Texas, San Antonio. After completing her fellowship at the Watson Institute, Rawan will begin her appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Law, Societies, and Justice department. Her scholarship has been published in Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, Nations and Nationalism, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Rawan has also written for other academic, policy-oriented, and generalist outlets including the Middle East Institute, the Scholars Strategy Network, and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog.

Rawan’s research has received generous support from the National Science Foundation; Marye Anne Fox Fellowship; American Center for Oriental Research – Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship (ACOR-CAORC); UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program; and the Philanthropic Educational Opportunities Scholar Award.