Heba Gowayed is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University. You can find her C.V. here.
Her dissertation entitled “Refugees Welcome” examines how newly resettled Syrian refugees make new lives in the United States, focusing on the case of families in Connecticut. Her broader project, emerging from this dissertation research, compares the experience of refugees in the United States to their counterparts in Canada, Italy and Germany. Through this work, she asks how policy contexts differentially shape refugee men and women’s ability to learn the local language, find good work, and create social connections. What kinds of new minorities do they produce? Her 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 MA thesis at Columbia University was based on ethnographic research that examined how low income women in Cairo accessed education on behalf of their children and how a poverty alleviation program, a Conditional Cash Transfer that operated on behavioral incentives, intervened in that process. Her work on this project won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Candace Rogers Award for “most outstanding paper by a graduate student” and is forthcoming in Sociological Forum in a paper entitled “The Unnecessary Nudge: Education and Poverty Policy in a Cairo Slum.”
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
Photo from March for Refugees New Haven 2/5/2017, Credit: Peter Tinti