Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Naji Bsisu is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia. His interests largely focus on human rights. He is especially interested in conducting research on refugees, repression, international and civil conflict, conflict management strategies, as well as nonviolent resistance.

  • B.S., University of Dayton 2004, Economics and Marketing
  • M.A., University of Chicago 2013, Middle Eastern Studies
  • M.A., University of Missouri 2016, Political Science
More About

Naji Bsisu was born in London, England and has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States of America. He tries to bring this varied and unique upbringing to his doctoral studies in international affairs from the University of Georgia.

Naji began his academic career at the University of Dayton, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a double major in economics and marketing. After working in business for several years, Naji decided to return to academia, where he earned a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. It was during his master’s program that Naji was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad via the US Department of State. After his time at the University of Chicago, Naji transitioned to the University of Missouri, where he achieved his second Master of Arts, this time in political science. Naji is currently working on his Ph.D. in international affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

Of Note
  • US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, May 2012
  • ISA Frank J. Klingberg Award for Best Paper, November 2017.
  • Ending Atrocities Workshop Participant at Uppsala University, June 2018
  • ISA Pedagogy Conference Participant, November 2018.
Research Interests

My research interests focus on the treatment of refugees, specifically the factors impacting repression by their respective host-state. Additionally, I am interested in conducting research on the strategic choice of resistance movements to engage in violent or nonviolent methods.