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 how the experience of their counterparts in Canada, Italy and Germany differs. She is interested in what policies enable or hinder refugees in recuperating the capitals they have lost in war and displacement.

For this work, Heba has won academic research awards including the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Award.

Her work has also been referenced in the New Yorker and has contributed to New York Times coverage of Syrian refugees. Moreover, her advocacy on refugee issues has been covered in local outlets including the New Haven Independent.

Prior to beginning at Princeton, Heba was a researcher on a poverty alleviation project in Cairo. This research was the basis for her MA thesis at Columbia University 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? How Poor Egyptian Mothers Finance Their Children’s Learning.” she won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Candace Rogers Award for “most outstanding paper by a graduate student.”


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