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Lamis Abdelaaty

Lamis Abdelaaty

(Pronouns: She, Her)

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311 Eggers Hall

Lamis Abdelaaty

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science Department


  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC 435 Humanitarian Action in World Politics
  • 2023 Fall
    • PSC 767 International Human Rights
    • PSC 310 Refugees in International Politics
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 435 Humanitarian Action in World Politics
    • PSC 752 International Law and Organizations

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2014

Areas of Expertise

International relations, human rights and humanitarian action, asylum and migration

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Refugees in Crisis", Sponsored by Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

"Seminar on the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant.

"Refugees in Crisis", Sponsored by Faculty Creative Activities and Research (FCAR) Grant Program.

"Refugees in Crisis", Sponsored by Appleby-Mosher Fund for Faculty Research.

"Refugees in Crisis", Sponsored by Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement (SOURCE) Research Assistant Grant.

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture, University of Oxford, "Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees" (November 16, 2023)

Abdelaaty, L. E., Blinder, S., Hamlin, R., 29th International Conference of Europeanists, Council of European Studies, "The Effect of Economic Versus Legal and Moral Arguments on Attitudes toward Refugees" (June 27, 2023)

Migration Politics Residential Fellowship, "The Emissary Speaks: Political Agency in Refugee-UNHCR Correspondence" (May 22, 2023)

International Conference on Forced Migration, University of California, Los Angeles, "The Emissary Speaks: Political Agency in Refugee-UNHCR Correspondence" (April 14, 2023)

Honors and Accolades

Distinguished Book Award, International Studies Association, Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies section (2023)

Best Book Award, American Political Science Association, Migration and Citizenship section (2022)

2020-2021 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award for Early Career Performance, Syracuse University (2021)

Best Dissertation Award, Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (2015)

Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation, University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity (2013)