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, Inside the Arab State...

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ZahraZahra 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

Research Analyst

Misba Bhatti is the Research Analyst at CIRS. She received her Master's degree from the London School of Economics. As such, she supports the Director and Associate Director in carrying out research for the Center and identifies critical gaps in the scholarship where...


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SuziSuzi 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

Project Manager

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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MaramMaram Al-Qershi

Administrative Coordinator

Maram Al-Qershi is the Administrative Coordinator of CIRS. She received her Master’s degree from University College London and her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Maram is the point of contact between CIRS and other departments and external entities...

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