Bessma Momani

CIGI Senior Fellow, Associate Professor
Political Science, University of Waterloo

Bessma Momani has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy. She is an Associate Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. She has been Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center and at the Amman Institute, a research centre to improve local governance in the Middle East. Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Arab Spring and on global economic governance issues. She maintains a blog at CIGI called Wealth and International Politics, a column on Huffington Post, and is a Roundtable Contributor on the Canadian International Council.

Media Contact:
Kevin Dias, CIGI Communications Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1.519.885.2444 ext. 7238
Student Queries:
Ena Devedzija, Graduate Program Assistant, Global Governance Programs
University of Waterloo
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1.519.888.4567 ext. 32415



  1. 2013
    The UK Summit: The G8 at Lough Erne 2013
    Supporting Arab countries in the Deauville Partnership
    in The UK Summit: The G8 at Lough Erne edited by John Kirton and Madeline Koch Published by Newsdesk Media Group and the G8 Research Group (May 2013)
  2. Jenna Hennebry. (April
    Targeted Transnationals: The State, the Media, and Arab Canadians
    w J Hennebry in Co-edited with )
  3. Jenna Hennebry. UBC Press (April
    Targeted Transnationals: The State, the Media, and Arab Canadians
    Co-edited with )
  4. 2013
    Place Branding and Public Diplomacy
    (Re)Branding Amman: the values, the image and the making of place
    with L Khirfan in (Feb )
  5. 2012
    Independent Evaluation at the IMF: The First Decade
    Academic and Think- Tank Assessment of the IEO and its Evaluators
    in Edited by Ruben Lamdany and Hali Edison Washington: International Monetary Fund Publication Services
  6. 2012
    Cambridge Review of International Affairs
    Between Caution and Controversy: Lessons from the GCC States as (Re)Emerging Donors
    with C Ennis in Vol 25 No 4 (December )
  7. 2012
    Thinking International Relations Differently
    Arab scholar's take on Globalization
    with W Hassan in Arlene Tickner and Ole Weaver (Eds) Routledge IR Series
  8. 2012
    Social Science Japan Journal.
    Japan's Rescue of the IMF
    w C Holroyd in
  9. 2011
    St. Anthony's International Review.
    Emerging Powers and IMF Reform: Where Multipolarity in the World Economy is Leading the Fund
    w A Malkin
  10. 2011
    International Spectator
    Qatar and expanded contours of Small State Diplomacy
    with A Cooper in
  11. 2011
    Shifting GeoEconomic Power in the Gulf.
    Co-edited with Matteo Legrenzi London: Ashgate Press

Academic/Professional Awards

  1. 2013-2014 UW Lois Claxton HSS Endowment Fund Award ($7,000)
  2. 2013-2014 UW Research Incentive Fund ($8,000)
  3. 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar
  4. 2010-2012 SSHRC Insight Development Grant (co-applicant) ($75,000)
  5. 2007-2010 SSHRC Strategic Grant ($84,500)
  6. 2006-2007 SSHRC Seed Institutional Grant ($5,500)
  7. Sept. 2005 SSHRC Travel Grant ($1200)
  8. 2004-2005 SSHRC Seed Institutional Grant ($5,500)