Staff at CIRS

Mehran KamravaMehran Kamrava

Director and Professor

Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, The Impossibility of Palestine: History.

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Zahra BabarZahra Babar

Associate Director

Zahra Babar is Associate Director for Research at CIRS at Georgetown University in Qatar. Her current research interests include rural development, migration and labor policies, and citizenship in the Persian Gulf states.

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Misba BhattiMisba Bhatti

Administrative Coordinator

Misba Bhatti is the Administrative Coordinator at CIRS. She is responsible for day to day operation of the center and coordinating various public events for the center. She also manages the Director's Managing the Dean's schedule and priorities, along with communicating with internal and...

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Islam HassanIslam Hassan

Research Analyst

Islam Hassan is Research Analyst at the Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar. Previously, he had served for the College of Arts and Science, and the Gulf Studies Research Center at Qatar University. As a critic and scholar, his work...

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Suzi MirganiSuzi Mirgani

Managing Editor

Suzi Mirgani is Managing Editor for CIRS Publications. She received a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from Eastern Mediterranean University in 2010 with a dissertation on "Piracy as Translation: The Transformation of Commercial Discourse." Mirgani is author of...

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Jackie StarbirdJackie Starbird

Publications and Projects Assistant

Jackie Starbird is the Publications and Projects Assistant at CIRS. She is responsible for coordinating in-house academic and institutional publications, in addition to providing editorial and marketing support to the department. Previously, she worked for a number of nonprofit and advocacy...

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Elizabeth WanuchaElizabeth Wanucha

Associate Director

Elizabeth Wanucha is the Project Manager at the Center for International and Regional Studies. As such coordinates all logistical and financial aspects of the Working Groups, manages the annual CIRS research grant cycle, and oversees the Center’s budget. Previously, she worked as an NGO Advisor...

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