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Salloum, Cynthia

Faculty Advisor and Researcher

NATO Defense College, Italy


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2015/2016, 2016/2017

Ph.D. Institution

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France


I am a political scientist, having received my PhD in Political Studies from the EHESS in Paris. My interests lie in the intersection of international relations, political thought and comparative studies. While engaging with the debates on statecraft and the transformation of national states, my doctoral thesis provides a critical framework that serves to distinguish between diasporas and minorities, transnationalism and trans-statism, government and governance. It questions the extent to which diasporas are political actors both in domestic politics and in international relations.
Alongside my fieldwork, I worked in several academic institutions: as an intern at the French National Institute for Demographical Studies (INED) at the International Migrations and Minorities’ unit (2009-2010); as a fellow of the DPDF Program at the Social Science Research Council in New York (2011); as a visiting fellow at the Colegio de México (2011) and Boston College (2012); as a visiting lecturer at the University of São Paulo and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in São Paulo (2013); as a visiting PhD student at the European University Institute in Florence (2014). I was affiliated for four years to the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) at the French Ministry of Defense (2011-2015) and I have been active in the CNRS-based Raymond Aron Center for Sociological and Political Research (CESPRA) since 2010.
I co-taught the political philosophy doctoral seminar at the EHESS for two years on Virtue in Democracy (2010-2011) and on The Federalist Papers: the Modern Republic of the Federalist (2011-2012). I taught a course on the Geopolitics and Geostrategies of Diasporas at the University of São Paulo (spring semester 2013). I also taught at undergraduate level on the History of Immigration (Europe and the US) at the Florence campus of New York University in 2016 (spring semester). Finally, since January 2014, I have been giving an undergraduate teaching course on Diaspora’s Strategies: From National States to International Relations, at the Collège Universitaire de Sciences Po (IEP), in Paris.
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