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Rana B. Khoury

Program Area(s):  Comparative Politics; Methods

Regional Specialization(s):  Middle East

Dissertation Title:

Aid and Activism across the Syrian Warscape

Dissertation Committee:  Wendy Pearlman (Co-Chair), William Reno (Co-Chair), Jason Seawright, Ana Arjona

Research Interests: displacement; humanitarianism; contentious politics; methods; Middle East politics; American politics


  • “Hard-to-Survey Populations and Respondent-Driven Sampling: Expanding the Political Science Toolbox,” Perspectives on Politics, 2019.
  • “Aiding Activism? Humanitarianism’s Impact on Mobilized Syrian Refugees in Jordan.” Middle East Law and Governance 9(3): 267-281, 2017.
  • As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2016.
  • Review: “Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt by Tarek Masoud." Arab Studies Journal 24 (1):335-339, 2016.
  • “Sweet Tea and Cigarettes: A Taste of Refugee Life in Jordan.” Forced Migration Review 49: 93-94. May 2015.
  • Review: "Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile by Diana Allan." Journal of Refugee Studies 27(2): 305-307, 2014.

Honors & Awards: 

  • "Alexander L. George Article Award, Honorable Mention, APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, for “Hard-to-Survey Populations and Respondent-Driven Sampling,” 2020."
  • Minar Prize for Community Enrichment by a Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2018
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards (“IPPY”), Bronze Medal, Current Events I, for As Ohio Goes, 2017
  • Creative Nonfiction Essay Prize, English Department, Northwestern University, for “On Shale and Chestnuts,” 2014
  • Willard G. Oxtoby Essay Prize, The Graduate School, Georgetown University, for a paper on the Israel-Palestine Conflict, 2010
  • Amos Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Comparative Politics, School of Public Affairs, American University, 2008
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