Muzna Al-Masri

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, February 2018 - July 2018

Muzna al-Masri is an independent consultant and researcher in the fields of conflict analysis and conflict sensitive aid. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. During her time as a postdoctoral fellow and based on her PhD thesis, she worked on a book manuscript that ethnographically explores the relationships between political elites and their constituencies, looking specifically at the emergence and production of the model of an “entrepreneurial elite” in post-war Lebanon. Before joining the OIB, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and affiliated with the Centre for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and she has taught at AUB and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include political anthropology, elite politics and formation, everyday political practice, conflict and violence, the anthropology of aid and development, research methods and the anthropology of sports.


Journal Article

Al-Masri, Muzna. 2017. ‘Sensory Reverberations: Rethinking the Temporal and Experiential Boundaries of War Ethnography’. Contemporary Levant 2 (1). doi:10.1080/20581831.2017.1322206. 

Book Chapters:

Al-Masri, Muzna and Salim Nasr. 2006. “Decentralization, Democratization and Local Governance in the Arab World” (in Arabic), in LCPS (Eds.) The Challenges of Decentralization and Local Governance in the Arab World. Beirut: Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, 2006
Recent Research reports
Al-Masri, Muzna and Zeina Abla. 2017. “An urban suburb with the capacities of a village: The Social Stability Context in the Chouf Coastal Area”. Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna and Zeina Abla. 2017. “The Burden of Scarce Opportunities: The Social Stability Context in Central and West Bekaa”. Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2016.  “Local and Regional Entanglements: The Social Stability Context in Sahel Akkar. Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2016. “Converging Interests of Conciliation: The Social Stability Context in the Marjaayoun and Hasbaya Qazas” Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2016. “The Social Stability Context in the Nabatieh & Bint Jbeil Qazas: Conflict Analysis Report” Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna, and Zeina Abla. 2015. “The Impact of the Schooling System of Lebanese and Syrian Displaced Pupils on Social Stability.” Beirut: International Alert. 
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2015. “Between Local Patronage Relationships and Securitization: The Conflict Context in the Bekaa Region.” Beirut: Lebanon Support & UNDP.


Al-Masri, Muzna. 2015. “At the Gates of Football Fields” (in Arabic). In Practicing the Public: Beirut's Shared Public Spaces, by Mona Fawaz, Ahmad Gharbieh, Nadine Bekdache and Abir Saksouk-Sasso (eds). Beirut: Published with Assafir newspaper in October 2015.