I am a doctoral candidate in History [of Science]. My interests lie at the intersection of history, philosophy, ethics, and policy. My PhD dissertation explores the history of madness in the Levant, as well as the ethics of care, and the politics of precarious lives and sectarianism. It is also a meditation on secular and religious politics and on what Paul Ricoeur calls an "ethics of memory."
I was originally trained as a medical doctor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and hold an MD from AUB and an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My master's thesis, which was motivated by growing up in a society marked by political violence, was on the ethics of war, in specific, on post-war ethics and the role "mental health" could play in the reconstruction of post-traumatized selves. The aim was to fill a gap in the literature on the so-called "Just War Theory." This detour from medicine to policy and ethics was possible thanks to a generous support from the LSE's PJD Wiles Scholarship.
I went on to work for three years on the “Brain, Self and Society project” led by Nikolas Rose (now at King's College London) and funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. These intense years investigating, debating and generating inter-disciplinary dialogues around the brain and the implications of the “neuro-turn” led to a book co-authored with Nikolas Rose and published by Princeton University Press: Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind.
Now I am back to the fin-de-siècle Levant excavating and examining its somatic and political neurosis that continues to persist in our present century (PhD-in-progress as well as the state of the region which seems to be a work in progress...)
At Harvard I served as a Teaching Fellow for courses on medical ethics, the history of psychiatry and the philosophy and sociology of science and as an adviser for senior students writing an honors thesis.
My doctoral research has been generously supported by the Weatherhead's Center for International Affairs, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Hiebert Graduate Research Travel Award, the Chateaubriand Humanities & Social Sciences Fellowship program (awarded by the French government), and Sciences Po and Harvard's exchange fellowship.