Heba Gowayed is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University. Her dissertation entitled “Refugees Welcome” examines how newly resettled Syrian refugees make new lives in the United States, and the different experiences of their counterparts in Canada, Italy and Germany. Her 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 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 in the context of low quality schools. For her paper entitled “Who Pays for Child Education? ” she won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Candace Rogers Award for “most outstanding paper by a graduate student.”

Prior to beginning graduate school, Heba was a researcher at the American University in Cairo’s Social Research Center on a poverty alleviation program, a Conditional Cash Transfer. 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