Mona Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, at the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in Political Science in 2005 from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques at Aix-Marseille (France).
She is the author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010), co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013, with Lara Deeb,), and co-editor of Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World (Beirut: LCPS, 2015, with Sami Atallah).
Her ongoing research investigates local governance and refugees, urban social movements, and youth in Lebanon. Harb is the recipient of grants from the IDRC, Ford Foundation, LSE-Emirates Fund, EU-FP7, Wenner-Gren, ACLS, and the Middle-East Awards. She serves on the editorial boards of IJURR and CSSAME, and is a trustee of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. She is the founder and co-editor of the Cities Page on Jadaliyya e-zine. She served as the coordinator of the AUB graduate programs in Urban Planning, Policy and Design for several years. She provides professional advice on urban development issues for several international organizations (ESCWA, WB, EU, UNDP).