Mark Farha obtained his PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 2007, where he also served as a Head Teaching Fellow with distinction. From 2008-2015, he was an Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar.
Farha is an Associate Fellow of the University of Bielefeld and was a Senior Associate Member at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford in 2013. In 2015, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Politics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies where he has taught courses, in Arabic, on regional and US foreign policy, political economy of the Middle East and Arab political thought. His scholarly publications have focused on the origins of secularism and sectarianism in the Middle East, Lebanon in particular. Farha’s publications include “Global Gradations of Secularism”, Comparative Sociology 11:3 (2012); “The Arab Revolts: Local, Regional and Global Catalysts and Consequences” in The Arab Uprisings (Rowen and Littlefield, 2014) and “Searching for Sectarianism after the Arab Uprisings: Colonial Conspiracy or Indigenous Instinct?” Muslim World 106:1 (2016). He is about to publish his first book, entitled The Resisted Rise and Fall of the Secular State in Lebanon, which is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Farha has given lectures in English, Arabic, and German at universities such as Harvard, UCLA, and Columbia, as well as in Erlangen, Zurich, Melbourne, Addis Ababa, Singapore, and Tokyo. He has been a political commentator on Al Jazeera, RT, SRF, DW, DLF, PRI, and TRT.