Waleed Hazbun is Associate Professor of International Politics at the American University of Beirut (AUB) where he served as Director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies from 2011 to 2016. Before joining AUB in 2010, Dr. Hazbun taught at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. His areas of interest include the international relations of the Middle East, US foreign policy, critical geopolitics, and the politics and history of international travel and tourism. He is author of Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World (Minnesota, 2008) and co-editor of and contributor to New Conflict Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa (Copenhagen: DIIS, forthcoming). He has contributed essays to several other edited volumes including American Studies Encounters the Middle East (edited by Marwan Kraidy and Alex Lubin) and The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (edited by Graham Huggan). He has been published in journals including Geopolitics, Third World Quarterly, Middle East Policy, Arab Studies Journal, Peace & Change, Tourist Studies, and Middle East Report. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Tourism History and as a member of the “Critical Security Studies in the Arab World" working group supported by the Beirut-based Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS). He is currently co-editing (with Claire Launchbury) a collection of essays on “Airport Spaces” and at work on a book project, Jet Set Frontiers in the Middle East, that explores the global politics of airports and aviation in the Middle East. He first presented an overview of this project at CMES in December 2014.


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