Nadia El-Shaarawi

Nadia El-Shaarawi is a Visiting Scholar in the Global Mental Health Program in the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill. She is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. At Colby, she teaches courses on refugees and migration, humanitarianism, and global health. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist who specializes in transnational forced migration, humanitarianism, and mental health in the Middle East and North Africa and Europe. Currently, Dr. El-Shaarawi is working on two research projects. First, her current book project focuses on how Iraqi refugees in Cairo, Egypt negotiated uncertain conditions of protracted urban exile and how interactions with transnational and local humanitarian institutions and policies, especially refugee resettlement, had implications for mental health and well-being. The second project (in collaboration with Maple Razsa), Insurgent Mobilities, is an ethnography of the Balkan route that tells the story of the migrants who challenged and circumvented borders in their efforts to reach Europe in a struggle for what they and their activist allies called freedom of movement. Prior to joining Colby, Nadia was the Global Migration Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, where her work included collaborative research on the health and social effects of displacement and resettlement. Nadia received her PhD in Anthropology and her MPH in International Health from Case Western Reserve University.

Her publications include: N. El-Shaarawi and M. Razsa (2018) “Movements Upon Movements: Refugee and Activist Struggles to Open the Balkan Route to Europe,” History and Anthropology; and N. El-Shaarawi (2015) “Living an Uncertain Future: Temporality, Uncertainty and Well-Being among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt,” Social Analysis, 59(1):38-56.