Dr. Joseph Sassoon is beginning a three-year term as Visiting Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, while Dr. Hannes Baumann will serve as Assistant Visiting Professor at CCAS for the academic year 2012-2013.
Joseph Sassoon is a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he also completed his PhD. During the last spring semeseter, he was a Visiting Fellow at All Soul's College, Oxford, and in the last academic year 2010-11, he was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for international scholars in Washington, DC. He has published extensively on Iraq and the Middle East, and earlier this year, his third book, Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime, was published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Sassoon will be teaching a course on political economy and the economic history of the Arab world, as well as a class on refugees in the Middle East.
Hannes Baumann’s main research interests are in the political economy of development and the politics of ethnicity and nationalism. He is currently composing a book manuscript with the working title “Citizen Hariri: Neoliberal politics in Lebanon.” It is based on his PhD thesis, which he recently completed at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. In this political biography of Rafiq Hariri (1944-2005), the businessman’s rise to political office is placed within the specific historical sociology of Lebanon: the production and reproduction of classes, elites, and the culture of sectarianism. By doing this, Baumann explains the failure to produce sustained economic growth in post-civil war Lebanon, the reproduction of sectarianism by Hariri’s philanthropy, and the return to political crisis in a turbulent regional environment after 2000. Hannes Baumann has contributed chapters to two edited volumes: Franck Mermier and Sabrina Mervin’s Leaders et partisans au Liban and a volume edited by Are Knudsen and Michael Kerr with the title Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution. He is also a features editor for the journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. He has previously worked at SOAS, King’s College London, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); at CCAS, he is using his research background to teach courses on business and politics, ethnicity and nationalism in the Arab uprisings, international relations, and the politics of development.