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Scholars with expertise in social sciences join Georgetown at QF

Scholars with expertise in social sciences join Georgetown at QF

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA
Five new faculty members joined QF partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) this academic year to support the mission of providing a world-class education and advancing knowledge and understanding on a local and global scale. The new members come to GU-Q from prestigious institutions across the world, where they will conduct research and teach courses in regional studies, history, political science, and economics.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome the newest faculty members to our community,” said GU-Q Dean Dr. Ahmad Dallal. “These outstanding teacher-scholars bring a wealth of knowledge in a variety of disciplines with them. Their work will contribute to interdisciplinary research collaboration and will help students understand the critical role of the humanities and social sciences in addressing today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.”
Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Santiago Garcia-Couto, who received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the United States, is excited by the return to in-person teaching, but notes that the semester’s initial virtual lectures in his introductory course on microeconomics have been a resounding success.
“Even on Zoom, my students are so motivated, always pushing to really understand the principles we are studying. Sometimes I’m unable to move onto the next lesson because they have so many interesting questions. That is a great problem for a professor to have.”
The new faculty will also continue their research projects at GU-Q, and Dr. Garcia-Couto has already planned to present his research on labor market polarisation at the upcoming 2021 Annual Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and the Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES).
Visiting Professor Dr. Leonard Williams received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and joined GU-Q from Manchester University in Indiana, U.S., where he held the positions of Dean Emeritus of the College of Education & Social Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Political Science.
His research on political ideologies, particularly anarchism, has been widely published, and he is currently co-writing a book on how hybrid political ideologies form, operate, and develop. After 30 years of teaching in the United States, he is looking forward to the new challenge of teaching three courses in political theory and U.S. politics to students with diverse worldviews.
“I’ve really enjoyed teaching so far. My students are extraordinarily able, competent, inquisitive, and challenging. And it has been a great experience to engage in these open and critical discussions with my students here in Doha, away from the polarization that these topics can sometimes generate back home, due to the current political climate.”
Also in the cohort of new faculty are Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Nadya Sbaiti, who specializes in the social and cultural histories of the modern Middle East, Assistant Professor Dr. Lynda Iroulo, whose research interests include policy-focused research and theory building based on African case studies, regional institutions, African regional integration and Africa in global politics, and Assistant Professor Dr. Emmanouil Chatzikonstantinou, whose research interests include international finance, international trade, and macroeconomics.
Aside from teaching, the new professors will work to involve undergraduates in their research efforts in order to provide students with critical soft skills and to promote Qatar’s research landscape.

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