Bessma Momani

Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance and Innovation

Bessma Momani is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She is a professor of political science and assistant vice-president, research and international, in the Office of Research at the University of Waterloo and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in Ontario, Canada. Momani previously served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Stimson Center, consultant to the International Monetary Fund, and visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center. She was a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and currently sits on its board of directors. She is also a Fulbright Scholar.

Momani has authored and co-edited 10 books and over 80 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters examining international affairs, diversity and inclusion, Middle East affairs, and the global economy. She is a recipient of a number of research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, International Development Research Council, and the Canadian Department of National Defence. Momani is a regular contributor to international media on global security and economic policy issues. She has written editorials for The New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Newsweek, and Time Magazine. Momani received her PhD in political science with a focus on international political economy from the University of Western Ontario.