Bessma Momani

Professor | 2015 Trudeau Fellow | Centre for International Governance Innovation Senior Fellow

Bessma MonaniAreas of specialization

International Monetary Fund,

International financial institutions,

Foreign policy to the Middle East,

Economic integration of the Middle East,

Economic liberalization in the Middle East


Bessma Momani is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. 

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

She has authored and co-edited over eight books and over 65 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, the Middle East, and Arab youth.  She is a current recipient of a research grant funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study IMF and World Bank cooperation.  She was also the past recipient of two previous SSHRC grants on the reform of the IMF executive board and on Middle East urbanization. Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Arab Spring and on global economic governance issues. She has written editorials for the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, and many other reputable international newspapers.

2015 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow

Trudeau promotional videoArab Canadian youth: pursuing responsible citizenship to counter disempowerment

Latest publication

Arab DawnArab 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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