Former visiting faculty member Tamirace Fakhoury is assistant professor in political sciences and international affairs at Lebanese American University (LAU). Her core research areas include comparative democratization, migration governance, and the links between transnational immigrant communities and political development. Fakhoury holds a PhD. in political sciences from Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg. Before her appointment at the Lebanese American University, she was research fellow in charge of the socio-political module in CARIM (Consortium for the Applied Research on International Migration) at the Migration Policy Center of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. In 2010/2011, she held the Jean Monnet Fellowship at EUI for research on the interface between Arab world diasporas and political change. In spring 2011 she was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the following summer she returned as visiting faculty in International and Area Studies.