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Ghassan Moussawi

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Contact Information

3078 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Transnational Gender and Sexualities | Race, Ethnicity, Racisms|  Queer of Color Critique | Urban Studies| Feminist Theory and Methods, Transnational Mobility | Affect and Emotions | Empire



Ph.D., Rutgers University


Multiracial Democracy Grant, University of Illinois, 2018

Awards and Honors

Academic Honors, Fellowships and Awards

Conrad Humanities Scholar, University of Illinois (2024-29)

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award, 2024

Helen Corley Petit Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, 2022-23

Sociology of Sexualities’ Early Career Award, American Sociological 
Association, 2022

Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, 2022

Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Community Division’s Outstanding Article Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2022

National Women's Studies Association’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, 2021

Sociology of Sexualities 2021 Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association

Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar 2019-21

Honorable Mention for the 2020 Global and Transnational Sociology, Best Scholarly Article Award, American Sociological Association

Faculty Fellow at the Illinois Program for Research on the Humanities 2019-20

Humanities Release Time, University of Illinois, 2018-19

Honorable Mention for Best Faculty Research, Institute for Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 2018

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 2014

Graduate Fellowship at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, 2014-15

Teaching Honors and Awards

Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2023

GWS Outstanding Faculty Award 2020-21

GWS Outstanding Faculty Award 2018-19

Faculty Partner in Excellence Award, LGBT Resource Center, University of Illinois, 2018

Teachers Ranked as Outstanding (Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Summer 2022, Fall 2023) 

Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017,  Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Winter 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2023 )

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, 2015

Harry C. Bredemeier Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, 2014

Courses Taught

GWS 201: Race, Gender, Power

GWS 202: Sexualities

SOC 101: Sociology of Gender

SOC 225: Race and Ethnicity

SOC 396: Sexuality and Society

GWS 580: Queer Theories & Methods

SOC 510: Professionalization Seminar

SOC 510: Teaching Practicum 

SOC 596/GWS 590: Gender, Race, Sexuality 

SOC 596: Gender and Sexuality

SOC 596/GWS 590: Power, Coloniality, Empire

SOC 590: Masculinities, Modernities, and Neoliberalism



Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology
Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Center for Global Studies
Associate Professor, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Highlighted Publications

Moussawi, G. (2020). Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut. (Sexuality Studies). Temple University Press.

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Recent Publications

Moussawi, G. (2024). "Theorizing Pain and Exclusion: On the Violence of “Playing the Game” in the Academy”. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Avalos, M., & Moussawi, G. (2023). (Re)framing the Emerging Mobility Regime at the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Covid-19, Temporality, and Racial Capitalism. Mobilities, 18(3), 408-424.

Moussawi, G. (2023). Centering region and multi-scalar lenses. In M. Romero (Ed.), Research Handbook on Intersectionality (pp. 433-457). (Research Handbooks in Sociology). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Moussawi, G. (2023). “Constellations as Queer Formations: Ephemeral Geographies and Queer Liberation.”. Society and Space.

Moussawi, G. (2023). In Defense of Specters: Ambivalent Mourning as Queer Affect. Feminist Formations, 34(3), 82-105.

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