Dr. C. Silva Hamie has been a lecturer in the Department of International Affairs (IA) since 2014, teaching courses on post-conflict recovery and development, and international organizations. She has also been advising students and is involved in IA capstone projects. In addition, she has been teaching a course on issues in world politics in the Department of Political Science.
A native of Lebanon, Dr. Hamie earned a BA in political science at Beirut University College, an MA in international relations at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and a PhD in politics from the University of York in the United Kingdom. At the University of York, she taught a range of courses, including courses on the causes of armed conflict, international responses to conflict states, the politics of humanitarian assistance, and gender and development.
After earning her doctorate, Dr. Hamie worked for Oxfam GB, first monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on humanitarian developments in heavily targeted areas during and after conflict, including in the Beirut suburbs, South Lebanon, and the Bekaa Valley. She provided updates on the evolving situation and drew attention to key policy issues. She also built a network with local and international NGOs, local governmental agencies, journalists, researchers, UN agencies, ministries, and politicians essential for acquiring and sharing relevant information, and initiated and integrated a “preparedness plan” while taking into account the updated political situation in Lebanon. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Hamie was a projects manager at the United Nations Development Program in Beirut, where she managed the Poverty Reduction and Local Governance program after the July 2006 war in Lebanon.
Dr. Hamie has also served as a program specialist in the College of Education at the University of George, where she developed and managed an online master’s program in adult education designed for adult education leaders in Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Dr. Hamie has published extensively on Middle Eastern and post conflict issues. Most recently, she co-authored a peer-reviewed article on gender-based violence, a case study in Lebanon; and she co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming book Global Issues in Talent Development. In addition, she is a PI on two grants ($51,000.00) conducting research on the Syrian refugee crises.