Marwa Bakabas

Marwa Bakabas

Adjunct Faculty

Anthropology: Conflict & Displacement, Migration, Humanitarianism, Refugees, Middle East, Global Urban Studies

Marwa Bakabas has conducted ethnographic research to understand the ways of dwelling and life transformations through disaster faced by refugees living in a state of temporality in informal settlements in Lebanon and transit camps in Greece. Through volunteering and research, her work has focused on public and applied anthropology to promote awareness of the ongoing issues of violence and exile. Thus far, her research has included sea border crossings, humanitarianism, death & dying, the ageing population, memory, and the space of refuge. While working with refugees, she became inspired to study the conflict in Yemen and those who are facing similar distress. She continued research focused on building academic scholarship by shedding light in the context of the understudied population of displaced Yemenis and the war in Yemen. 

Selected Publications

Co-authorship:  Bodies in Tension: Reflecting on Entangled Geographies (2021). Journal of Creative Geography, University of Arizona.

Co-authorship:  Leichtman, M. A. (2020). Humanitarian Aid in Yemen Through the Eyes of a Kuwaiti Role Model for Women: Interview with Maali Alasousi. Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society4(2), 89-114.


Courses Taught

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Michigan State University, MA in Anthropology, 2022

American University of Beirut, MA in Anthropology, 2019

George Mason University, BA in Global Affairs (concentration: Middle East & North Africa), 2011