Sari Hanafi is currently a Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut and editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology (Arabic). He is also a member of the Executive Bureau of the International Association of Sociology and of the Arab Sociological Association. He holds a Ph. D. in Sociology from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales-Paris, where he wrote his thesis entitled “Les ingénieurs en Syrie. Modernisation, technobureaucratie et identité” (1994).
He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Poitiers (Migrinter-France), University of Bologna and Ravenna (Italy) and visiting fellow in CMI (Bergen-Norway). S. Hanafi was also the former Director of the Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Centre (Shaml) from 2000 to 2004 and a former senior research at the Cairo-based French research center, Centre d’études et de documentation économique juridique et sociale (CEDEJ) from 1994 to 2000. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the political and economic sociology of the Palestinian diaspora and refugees; sociology of migration; transnationalism; politics of scientific research; civil society and elite formation and transitional justice.
Among his recent books are: The Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in The Occupied Palestinian Territories (Edited with A. Ophir & M. Givoni, 2009) (English and Arabic) (New-York: Zone Books; Beirut: CAUS), The Emergence of A Palestinian Globalized Elite: Donors, International Organizations and Local NGOs (Edited with L. Taber, 2005) (Arabic and English) and Pouvoir et associations dans le monde arabe (Edited with S. Bennéfissa, 2002) (Paris: CNRS). In addition to his academic work, he has served as a consultant to the UN, the World Bank, and other organizations.