Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab studied philosophy at the American University of Beirut and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bielefeld (1988-1991) before becoming an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut (1991-1999), and later an Associate Professor at the University of Balamand (2004-2007).
She has been a research fellow at the New School University in NYC (2009-2010), Columbia University (2000-2004), the German Orient Institute in Beirut, the University of Erfurt (Spring 2010), the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies at the Free University of Berlin (Spring and Fall 2011), the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Bonn (2013-2014) and the Marburg research network "Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” (2015-2016).
She has also been a visiting Professor at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (2006-2007), the Columbia University Middle East Institute (Spring 2008), the Cogut Center for the Humanities of Brown University (Spring 2012) and the Annemarie Schimmel Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn (Spring 2016).
Her research interests focus on both in Western and post-colonial cultural philosophy, with a particular emphasis on contemporary Arab thought. Dr. Kassab received the 2013 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in Abu Dhabi in the category of "Contribution to the Development of Nations" for the Arabic version of her book “Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective” (Columbia University Press, 2010). She is now completing her next book, to be published again by Columbia University Press, under the title “Critique, Enlightenment and Revolution. Arab Intellectuals and the Uprisings.”
She has been teaching at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies since October 2016, and conducts research in modern and contemporary Arab thought and philosophy.
Education: BA and MA in Philosophy, American University of Beirut. PhD Philosophy, Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland.
Languages (fluent): English, French, German, Arabic, Armenian.