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 and Italy differs. Her dissertation work has been referenced in the New Yorker and has contributed to New York Times coverage of Syrian refugees. Her advocacy has been covered in local outlets including the New Haven Independent. She has also won academic research awards including the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Award.

Heba’s MA research at Columbia University examined how low-income women in Cairo access 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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