Dr. Samer Abboud

Dr. Samer Abboud

Assistant Professor of History
and International Studies

Department of Historical
and Political Studies

Dr. Samer Abboud began teaching at Arcadia in Fall 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in 2007, where he conducted research on the political economy of marketization in Syria. In his research and teaching, he explores a range of questions informing the fields of International Political Economy and International Relations, particularly in the context of the non-Western World. Abboud has published in such journals as Arab Studies Quarterly, New Political Science, and The International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, as well as in several edited collections. In addition to this, he has written extensively on Syria’s political economy and is the co-author (with Benjamin J. Muller) of the forthcoming Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence (Ashgate). Abboud also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Syrian Studies in St. Andrew’s Scotland, and in 2013 will be a resident fellow in Berlin at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he was awarded a fellowship under their Arab Transformation Fellowship program.

Recent Publications

  • Abboud, S. and B. Muller (2012).  Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence. London: Ashgate.
  • Abboud, S. (2012).  Fragmentation in the Syrian Opposition.  Orient, No. 3, pp. 64-69.
  • Abboud, S. (2009).  Syrian Trade Policy. In S. Abboud and S. Said Syrian Foreign Trade and Economic Reform. St. Andrews, Scotland: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Abboud, S. and Fred Lawson (2012).  Antinomies of Economic Governance in Contemporary Syria.  In Abbas, K. (ed).  Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, London: Routledge, 330-341.
  • Abboud, S. (2012). Economic Transformation and Diffusion of Authoritarian Power in Syria. In Sadiki, L and Heiko Wimmonen (eds.).  Unmaking Power: Negotiating the Democratic Void in the Arab Middle East.  London: Routledge. 
  • Abboud, S. and B. Muller (2012). Geopolitics, Insecurity and Neo-Colonial Exceptionalism: A Critical Appraisal of the UN Special Tribunal on Lebanon. Security Dialogue
  • Abboud, S. (2011).  Oil and Financialization in the Gulf Cooperation Council.  In M. Legrenzi & B. Momani (Eds.), The Shifting Geo-economic Power of the Gulf.  London: Ashgate, pp. 91-108.
  • Abboud, S. (2008).  The Transitions Paradigm and the Case of Syria.  In S. Abboud & F. Arslanian, Syria’s Economy and the Transition Paradigm. St. Andrews, Scotland: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Abboud, S (2010). Image, Rhetoric and Reality: The Obama Administration and the Middle East.  New Political Science. Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 278-284.
  • Abboud, S. (2009).  The Siege of Nahr al-Barid and the Palestinians in Lebanon.  Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 1-2, pp. 31-48.
  • Abboud, S. (2008).  Failures (and successes?) of neo-liberal economic policy in Iraq.   International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 425-442.

Recent Presentations

  • May 2011 – Danger, Identity, and Foreign Policy: The Case of Hizballah (with Benjamin J. Muller), Canadian Political Science Association – Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 2011 – Border Biometrics and (In)Securities: Challenges in Inter-Disciplinarity (Roundtable), Association for Borderlands Studies –  Salt Lake City, Utah
  • January 2011 – Privatization, Private Authority, and Economic Reform in Syria, Asad’s Syria: Continuity and Change in the First Ten Years – University of Arkansas – Fayateville
  • October 2010 – Locating the ‘Social’ in the Social Market Economy, Bashar al-Asad’s First Decade: A Period of Transition for Syria? – Lund University, Sweden           
  • June 2010 – (In)Secure Finance: Global Governance and Sovereign Wealth Funds (with Benjamin Muller), Canadian Political Science Association – Montreal, Quebec
  • February 2010 – Authority, Legitimacy, Violence: Hizballah and the Lebanese State, International Studies Association – New Orleans.
  • October 2009 – Finance, Production and Petrodollars in the Gulf Cooperation Council, International Studies Association – Northeast, Baltimore.

Recent Awards and Grants

Abboud has been selected as a Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. The Arab Transformation Fellowship is a collaborative project geared to study the dynamics and directions of the current transformations in the Arab World under the project title “Elite change and new social mobilization in the Arab World.”

Abboud will be joined by seven other scholars who will be participating in the development of a comparative, cross-regional understanding of the current transformations in the Arab World. Abboud was awarded the fellowship for his project, “Economic Elites and the Syrian Uprising: Negotiating Conflict, Managing Transformation,” where he will explore the multidirectional pressures placed on Syria’s economic elite during the uprising and the post-conflict implications this has for the structure and composition of the elite.

Abboud will be resident in Berlin during the summer of 2013 and will be actively participating in the project’s activities, including contributing a policy-oriented paper on behalf of the Institute and attending academic workshops and conferences.

Courses Taught

  • IS 101  Introduction to International Studies
  • IS 201  Research Writing
  • US 263 Postcolonialism on Screen
  • Global Mobility
  • Issues in International Political Economy
  • HS 211 The Modern Middle East
  • IS 490/491 Senior Thesis


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