American University of Sharjah
Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah
Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs
The nomination of Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah as the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs was endorsed by the AUS Board of Trustees on June 9, 2009. Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah was one of the pioneer faculty members who joined AUS when it first opened its doors in 1997. She was subsequently elected President of the AUS Faculty Senate, and served as the Chair of the Department of International Studies for three years, successfully overseeing its accreditation. She was then appointed as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs from 2007 to 2009 and held this position until the AUS Board of Trustees appointed her as the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs.
Professor Mourtada-Sabbah was promoted through the ranks at AUS from Assistant Professor to Full Professor of Public Law and International Studies. She is the recipient of the AUS Excellence in Teaching Award and the AUS Excellence in Service Award. Dr. Mourtada-Sabbah received a BA with distinction from the American University in Beirut where she was the recipient of the Penrose Award for the most outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship and contributions to the university as a whole as demonstrated by a graduating student. She holds a PhD in Public Law with distinction from the University of Paris II. She has held visiting professorships at major universities and research institutions in the US and Europe, including the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington, DC; the University of California at Berkeley; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; the Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress); the University of Paris Law School; and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po.)
Her books include Le Privilege de l'Executif aux Etats-Unis L.G.D.J, Is War a Political Question, Globalization and the Gulf (UK: Routledge, 2007), and The Supreme Court of the United States and the Political Question Doctrine (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2007). Some of her many articles have appeared in the Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, White House Studies, Maghreb-Mashrek, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Revue Pouvoirs, Revue Internationale de Droit Compare, Annuaire Francais de Relations Internationales and Revue du Droit Public et de la Science Politique en France et a l'Etranger.
Professor Mourtada-Sabbah was the founding Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Affairs, the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of AUS, for which she initiated the English-language section. Professor Mourtada-Sabbah has been invited to lecture at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Georgetown University (CCAS), Washington Center for Strategic Studies, the American University of Cairo, American University, Science Po, the United Nations, NATO, Chatham House, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, the Dubai School of Government and the Emirates Institute of Diplomacy.