Non-Resident Senior Fellows

Established scholars whose work has contributed significantly to understanding Iraq and the middle east are periodically invited to become non-resident senior fellows of the Institute.


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Non-Resident Visual Arts Fellow
Beth Murphy is founder of Principle Pictures, a company focused on creating documentary films, impact campaigns and news reports about pressing human rights issues globally.  She is director/producer for nearly 20 films (Sundance Channel, PBS, History Channel, Lifetime, Discovery Networks), including the feature documentaries Beyond Belief and The List which focus on the human consequences of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Those films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win awards on the festival circuit worldwide.

Murphy is a blogger for Huffington Post and a Correspondent/Producer for GlobalPost Special Reports. As an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University and a Visiting Professor at American University Paris, Murphy has taught courses in covering international crises, the business of international news, media ethics and documentary filmmaking.  Currently as a fellow at Boston University and Visiting Scholar at Iraq’s Basra University, Murphy is researching film art in post-war Iraq and developing an academic program on Cultural Diplomacy Through Filmmaking.


Reidar Visser

Dr. Reidar Visser

Dr. Reidar Visser has written extensively on the subject of federalism and regionalism in southern Iraq and Iraqi nationalism among the Shiites. His works include the monograph Basra, the Failed Gulf State: Separatism and Nationalism in Southern Iraq (Transaction Publishers, 2006), An Iraq of Its Regions: Cornerstones of a Federal Democracy? (Edited with Gareth Stansfield, Columbia University Press, 2007), and A Responsible End? The United States and the Iraqi Transition, 2005–2010 (Just World Books, 2010). Visser studied history and comparative politics at the University of Bergen and received a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. He joined the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs as a research fellow in 1996.

Haider Ala Hamoudi

Haider HamoudiProfessor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His newest book is Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq.  His book Howling in Mesopotamia was published in 2008. Professor Hamoudi received his B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993, with a double major in Physics and Humanities with a Near Eastern Studies Concentration. He was both a member of the Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and a Burchard Scholar for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A number of his papers are available on the Social Science Research Network, and the Berkeley Electronic Press. His blog is Islamic Law in our Times.

Professor Hamoudi spent most of 2009 in Baghdad advising the Constitutional Review Committee of the Iraqi legislature, responsible for developing critical amendments to the Iraq Constitution deemed necessary for Iraqi national reconciliation, on behalf of the United States Embassy in Baghdad. He also advised on other key pieces of legislation, including a hydrocarbons law, a revenue management law, and an antitrust law.

Abbas Kadhim

Abbas KadhimDr. Abbas Kadhim is President of the Institute of Shia Studies. of the Naval Postgraduate School. Kadhim was formerly Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He also holds Visiting Scholar status at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2005, and a senior fellow at the Boston University Institute for Iraqi Studies.  Between 2003 and 2005, he taught courses on Islamic theology and ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Professor Kadhim received his B.Sc. from the University of Mosul in Iraq and his MA in Political Science from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  he is the coeditor of the peer-reviewed journal, Kufa Review.

41vnUPkVwFL._SL500_popkadrec His new book “Reclaiming Iraq: the 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State,” is published by the University of Texas Press. He is the editor of Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, which will be published in 2012 by Routledge Press.  He is also the translator of al-Nawbakhati’s Shi’a Sects, to which he contributed a noteworthy introduction.

IIS Announcements

Dr. Kristin Girling on "Baghdad College and al-Hikma University: American Jesuit contributions to Iraqi education and society 1932--1968," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on November 17, 2016, at 12:00 P.M.

Activist 'Ali 'Issa on "Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on March 18, 2016, at 2:30 P.M.

Novel Elias Khoury read from his new book The Broken Mirrors: Sinacol on March 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M.

Just published! Eric Davis on Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq

PDF and Kindle versions will be available.

IIS sponsors Muslim Youth conference, April 9, 2015

Can Iraq be Saved?

Read the rapporteur's report from the November 19, 2014 lecture and listen to streaming audio.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Syrian Refugees

Read the just-published executive summary from the May 2, 2014, workshop.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

Read the just-published report from the January 31, 2014, workshop.

Beth Murphy joins as Non-Resident Fellow

The Institute is please to announce the appointment of Beth Murphy as Non-Resident Visual Arts Fellow.

JANUARY 31 2014 9am to 4:30pm: Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

CURA, 10 Lenox Street
Brookline, MA

This workshop focuses on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.


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