Heba Gowayed is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University.  You can find her CV here. She will begin a postdoctoral position at Columbia University in the sociology department in the fall of 2018.

Her dissertation entitled “Refuge: Syrian Refugee Incorporation and the Production of New Minorities” examines the process by which newly resettled Syrian refugees rebuilt their lives in the United States within the constraints of resettlement policy, and how their experiences differed from their counterparts in Canada, Germany and Italy. She conducted this research as the world faced its largest refugee crisis since World War II. Since resettlement policy reflects immigration and social service systems, this international comparative study both examines what refuge and asylum mean as solutions to refugee crises, and reflects on how these countries’ policies vary in their production of economic and racial minorities.

Heba’s dissertation work has won research awards from the National Science Foundation, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Her work has also been referenced in the New Yorker and has contributed to New York Times coverage on Syrian refugees. Her advocacy work has been covered in local outlets including the New Haven Independent.

Heba’s previous work examined how low income women in Cairo accessed education on behalf of their children, and how a poverty alleviation program, a Conditional Cash Transfer, which used behavioral incentives, intervened in that process. She found that while the cash was useful for the mothers in her sample, the behavioral incentives or the “nudge” was unnecessary. Her work on this project won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Candace Rogers Award for “most outstanding paper by a graduate student” and has been published in Sociological Forum in an article entitled “The Unnecessary Nudge: Education and Poverty Policy in a Cairo Slum.” For a synopsis of the article’s argument, see this post.

Prior to beginning graduate school, Heba was a researcher at the American University in Cairo’s Social Research Center on a Conditional Cash Transfer project. She also consulted for German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and CARE International on issues pertaining to gender and development in the Middle East.

Heba is a native Arabic speaker.

contact: Gowayed [at] Princeton [dot] edu