Bessma Momani profile picture.Areas of specialization

International financial institutions,

Middle East Politics and Economics,

International Affairs,

Diversity and Populism


Bessma Momani is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

She is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and has been a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting scholar at Georgetown University's Mortara Center, a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C., and a Fulbright Scholar.

She has authored and co-edited over ten books and over 80 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, the Middle East, and diversity.  She is a current recipient of several research grants funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Department of National Defence (DND), and the International Development Research Center (IDRC).  Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Middle East and on global economic affairs. She has written editorials for the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Time, Newsweek and many other reputable international newspapers.

Latest book publications:

Strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces through Diversity and Inclusion

What's wrong with the IMF and how to fix it

Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend they will Bring

Links and additional information

For a full list of publications please see Dr. Momani's personal website or download a copy of her Curriculum vitae (pdf).

Contact information

Bessma Momani

University of Waterloo

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