Samer N. Abboud

Associate Professor, Historical and Political Studies

Easton 236 1 (215) 572-2858 On sabbatical during the Academic Year 2017-18

About Me

I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario before falling in love with an American and moving to Philadelphia. I completed my doctorate in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter (UK) in 2007 where I conducted research on marketization in Syria. When I am not researching, writing, teaching, or being a father to my two young children, I play hockey in a local adult league.

Areas Of Focus

Middle East (Syria, Lebanon), political economy, conflict and reconstruction, violence

Philadelphia, PA

Home Country

Arabic, English, French

Education History

University of Exeter 2007

Doctorate of Philosophy, Major in Arab and Islamic Studies

Carleton University 2003

Master of Arts, Major in Political Science

Carleton University 2000

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science


Author 2015


Book, Polity

Co-author 2012

Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence

Book, Ashgate

Co-Authored with Benjamin J. Muller

Author 2015

Teaching the Arab World and the an Arab in the West

Article, Journal of Political Science Education

Co-author 2013

Geopolitics, Insecurity and Neo-Colonial Exceptionalism: A Critical Appraisal of the UN Special Tribunal on Lebanon.

Article, Security Dialogue

Co-Authored with Benjamin J. Muller

Co-author 2012

Crisis as Impetus Toward Conflict Resolution in Cyprus

Article, Peace Review

Co-Authored with Multiple authors

Author 2012

Fragmentation in the Syrian Opposition

Article, Orient

Author 2010

Image, Rhetoric and Reality: The Obama Administration and the Middle East

Article, New Political Science

Author 2009

The Siege of Nahr al-Barid and the Palestinians in Lebanon. Arab Studies Quarterly

Article, Arab Studies Quarterly

Failures (and successes?) of neo-liberal economic policy in Iraq

Article, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies

Co-Authored with Author

Author 2015

Locating the ‘Social’ in the Social Market Economy

Contribution to book, Syracuse University Press

Author 2014

The Politics of Identity in Lebanon: The case of Hizballah

Contribution to book, Syracuse University Press

Co-author 2012

Antinomies of Economic Governance in Contemporary Syria

Contribution to book, Routledge

Co-Authored with Fred Lawson

Author 2012

Economic Transformation and Diffusion of Authoritarian Power in Syria

Contribution to book, Routledge

Author 2011

Oil and Financialization in the Gulf Cooperation Council

Contribution to book, Ashgate