Najib B. Hourani

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies Program


334 Baker Hall, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Middle East - Lebanon, Jordan
  • Anthropology of Development
  • Urban Theory
  • Anthropology of Civil Conflict and "War Economies"
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction

Biographical Info

Najib Hourani (PhD, Politics, New York University, 2005) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and holds a joint appointment with the Graduate Global Urban Studies Program.  A Middle East specialist, he is Core Faculty at the Center for Advanced Study of International Development, the Muslim Studies Program and the Peace and Justice Studies Program, here at MSU. Prior to coming to MSU, Professor Hourani taught Middle East History as a post-doctoral fellow at Fordham University, and has served as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School, in the Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies at New York University, and at the Political Science and Public Administration Department at the American University of Beirut. He received his BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle East and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hourani also holds an MA in Political Science, with a focus on Central America, from Tulane University.


Hourani, Najib, “From National Utopia to Elite Enclave: The Selling of the Beirut Souqs” in Gary McDonogh and Marina Peterson, eds.. Global Downtowns. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

Hourani, Najib, “War of the Banks: Globalization of the Lebanese Civil War.” Geopolitics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2010.

Hourani, Najib, 2008. “The Militiaman Icon: Cinema, Memory and the Lebanese Civil  Wars.” CR: The New Centennial Review, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2008.