Notre Dame University



Guita G. Hourani, PhD

Dr. Guita G. Hourani is the Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) and the Campaign Coordinator for “Lebanon: Land of Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures” Initiative at Notre Dame University (NDU). She has a Ph.D. in Humanities from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. She is currently Country of Origin Information Expert on Lebanon the Fahamu Refugee Programme (Oxford, England); Expert on Citizenship with the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship, Italy; Network Member and Country Expert with the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM), Italy; Academic Expert to the Maronite Academy of the Maronite Foundation in the World, Lebanon; Editorial Board Member Mashreq & Mahjar Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, USA; University Research Board Member at Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon; Consultant to both the Lebanese Development Network and Carthage Center for Research and Information, Lebanon. She was a Fellow of the Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship program (CELF) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in New York and a Fellow at the Institute of Christian Oriental Research at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, USA. She also served as a member of the Migration Expert Committee of the Directorate of Migrants at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the UNDP National Academic Working Group on Migration in Lebanon, as well as an expert on migration for the Maronite Patriarchal Synod. Dr. Hourani was an International Development Consultant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. While in USA, she pioneered a course on the role of women in war, peace and conflict resolution and taught it at several universities and institutions. She has conducted research in over 25 countries and given lectures and papers in more than 20 countries. Dr. Hourani has conceptualized, designed methodologies, implemented and written final reports on projects related to migration, refugees, socioeconomic mobility, political participation, human insecurity, integration policies, access to information, and the like.