Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia
Grad Student Malay Firoz with picture of city in distant background

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Anthropology PhD Candidate, Malay Firoz, is part of the 2019 class of Newcombe fellows! Firoz has been an active graduate student participant in CCSA, attending, suggesting, and chairing programs, as well as collaborating with other graduate students to organize a workshop titled, "Border Dialogues."

Malay’s dissertation, titled Humanitarianism and the Resilience Paradox: The Ethical Quandaries of Aid in Jordan and Lebanon, examines the ethics and politics of humanitarian aid for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, specifically examining a turn towards a “resilience-based approach” to aid that has profound implications for the ethical principles driving the humanitarian project. Read some insights from Firoz's fieldwork on the Woodrow Wilson Foundation website.