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Abelaaty Shares Her Advice on Being a Foreign-Born Academic in Chronicle of Higher Education

May 6, 2022

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lamis Abdelaaty

Lamis Abdelaaty


Lamis Abdelaaty, assistant professor of political science and expert in international relations, refugees and human rights, recently composed a series of tweets, laying out the often-hidden pressures facing foreign-born professors and graduate students. Among some of the issues: being far from family and support networks, funding opportunities that exclude noncitizens, the pressure to serve as cultural ambassadors, and narrow expectations about research interests based on social and cultural background. 

Abdelaaty’s advice: “Recognize the structural inequities that are built into academia. Push for mentoring, accommodations, support for students, hiring/retention of foreign-born scholars.” Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, "What foreign-born academics want you to know."


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