Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is run by voluntary members and on term-limit basis. The committee members will be responsible for managing APSN’s activities, outreach, connecting scholars with their peers inside and outside the MENA region. 

The initial committee members have been selected from the founding members of APSN for a 2-year renewable term. More information about the committee members below (in alphabetical order).


Sultan Alamer is a Political Science doctoral student at George Washington University. His major is comparative politics, and minor is political theory. His research includes the origins of ethnic and sectarian identities in the Middle East, state formation, legislative institutions in Arabian Gulf monarchies, and political violence. His publications include a peer-reviewed chapter titled “Beyond Sectarianism and Ideology: Regionalism and Collective Political Action” in the edited volume Salman’s Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia” by Hurst Publishers and Oxford University Press. In addition to participating in other three edited books in Arabic language, he also wrote for Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and was a weekly syndicated op-ed writer for the international Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.


Nermin Allam is Assistant Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to joining Rutgers, she was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at Princeton University. Her research interests include: Social movements theories; gender politics; Middle Eastern and North African studies; and political Islam. In addition to numerous chapters and entries, Allam’s work appeared in Social Research: An International Quarterly journal, Middle East Law and Governance, and Sociology of Islam journal.  Her current book, “Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings,” published by Cambridge University Press, offers an oral history of women’s engagement in Egypt’s modern contentious politics. 


Ahmed Alowfi is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research interests are the role of culture in state formation, state-society relations, and the theory of social fields in sociology. His PhD is on state-led cultural transformation through investigating the changing pattern of state intervention in the cultural field in Saudi Arabia. His publications include a peer-reviewed article on sectarian identity formation (Orman Journal), as well as two volumes, which he co-edited, on top-down development plans and politics of the margins in the Gulf (published by the Gulf Center for Development Policies). Ahmed is also an editor and a co-founder of the academic translation project, Nthar. He holds an MA in Sociology from the American University in Washington, DC.


Mona Farag is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and History at Zayed University. Her main research interests are the foreign relations of the GCC and the foreign policy of the United States of America. Her research has been published in several internationally refereed journals such as Contemporary Arab Affairs and Journal for International Women’s Studies, and she is currently working towards publishing her first book. Mona holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the American University in Cairo, a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Windsor, Canada, and a doctorate from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK.


May Darwich is Assistant Professor in IR of the Middle East at Durham University. Her main research interests are identity politics, security politics, and foreign policy in the international relations of the Middle East. Her research appeared in internationally renowned journals, such as Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations, Journal of Global Security Studies, Democratization, Mediterranean Politics, Global Discourse and in volumes on the international relations of the Middle East. She is the author of Threats and Alliances in the Middle East: Saudi and Syrian Policies in a Turbulent Region (Cambridge University Press, 2019).


Abdul-Wahab Kayyali is a research associate at the Arab Barometer, where he manages and develop AB’s policy and strategic relations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He obtained his PhD from the George Washington University’s Department of Political Science, and his research interests are in the comparative politics of the Arab World. Specifically, he is interested in political party formation and development. Before the PhD, Abdul-Wahab was a journalist and wrote for a number of Arab and international media outlets, including The Financial Times, The National, and Fortune Arabia. He is also a professional oud player, and a founding member of the Amman-based Juthoor ensemble.


Ahmed Morsy co-manages the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) project at the American Political Science Association (APSA). He received his PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews where he focused on Egypt’s policy towards Iran. His research interests include foreign and security policies in the Middle East as well as political reform in the Arab world. His work has been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute and the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, among others. 


Lama Mourad is a postdoctoral fellow at Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Her PhD is from the University of Toronto, and  specializes in comparative politics and the politics of migration, with a regional focus on the Middle East.  In 2018-2019, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed and public outlets, including Journal of Refugee Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Forced Migration Studies, as well as the the Middle East Institute, Toronto Star, and Le Devoir.