Souad Eddouada, PhD, Academic Director
Dr. Souad Eddouada, a native of Rabat, holds a PhD in cultural and gender studies from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She has been affiliated with Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco, for about eight years. In 2004, she conducted a research project on women’s NGOs in Tunisia, and in 2007 she was a postdoctoral research associate at Lund University in Sweden. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Eddouada was a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where she took part in various workshops and conferences on gender, Islam, and women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2010, Dr. Eddouada served as an advisor for Freedom House’s MENA regional committee’s report on women’s rights in North Africa.
Dr. Eddouada has been involved with SIT programs in Morocco since 2006, initially as a lecturer and Independent Study Project advisor and, subsequently, as associate academic director of the Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity program. Since 2011, she has been the academic director of the Migration and Transnational Identity program.
In July 2011, Dr. Eddouada was invited to speak at a symposium on “Europe and the World” organized by the Peace Institute in Tampere, Finland. Dr. Eddouada’s presentation addressed the impact of Morocco-EU partnership on Moroccan women’s rights reforms. In February 2013, during the program’s excursion to Amsterdam, Dr. Eddouada was invited to speak at a workshop organized by Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies on “Deportation, Detention, Drowning in la Mer Morotelle.” Dr. Eddouada’s presentation addressed human rights issues surrounding European borders in Morocco. In addition to an article on gender and migration in Morocco, Dr. Eddouada is currently completing a book entitled Women and the Politics of Reform in Morocco. In May 2014, Dr. Eddouada was invited to give a presentation on “Women Left Behind: Representation of Migration in a Village on the Foot of the Atlas Mountains.” The presentation was scheduled as part of a conference co-organized by Oxford Migration Institute and the International University of Fes on Moroccan migrations.
In January 2015, Dr. Eddouada began a two-year training on engaged transformative gender research led by distinguished professor of anthropology and women and gender studies, Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis. During these two years, Dr. Eddouada will be conducting fieldwork on the rural women’s land claims movement known locally as Soulaliyat Women. In July 2015, Dr. Eddouada received a $5,000 award from the University of California, Davis to continue this research.
Abdelhay Moudden, PhD, Senior Advisor
Dr. Abdelhay Moudden earned his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and has been a professor of political science and international relations at Mohamed V University in Rabat since 1978. He was the academic director of the SIT Study Abroad Multiculturalism and Human Rights program in Morocco from 1992 to 2013. In 1995, Dr. Moudden founded the Center for Cross Cultural Learning and, since that time, has served as the center’s academic director. In 2013, he was appointed senior advisor to SIT programs in Morocco. Dr. Moudden is a member of the Consultative Council on Human Rights and a former member of the Moroccan Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004–2005). He has published several articles on Moroccan politics and culture and two novels, the latest of which, The Farewell Sermon, won the Morocco book award for 2004.
Key lecturers for this program include:
Ahmed Abadi, PhD
Dr. Abadi is a professor of theology and comparative religions as well as the General Secretary of the Mohamedan League of Ulemas (Muslim Scholars). He is an expert in Sufi philosophy and thought. Dr. Abadi has organized and participated in international conferences and roundtable discussions on interfaith issues and cross-cultural dialogue.
Youssouf Amine Elalamy, PhD
Dr. Elalamy is a professor of media studies at Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra. Dr. Elalamy is also a novelist and artist who has produced works in Morocco and internationally. He is the author of A Moroccan in New York and Sea Drinkers (published by Lexington Books) and of a transnational book project entitled Un roman dans la ville (A Novel in the City).
Khadija Elmadmad, PhD
Dr. Elmadmad is an attorney with the Rabat Bar Association of Law and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Migration and Human Rights at the University Hassan II in Casablanca. Additionally, she is president of the Casablanca Center on Migration and Humanitarian Laws; the legal coordinator for Morocco of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM) in Florence; a member of the scientific board of the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project; and the UNESCO chair on women’s rights. She is a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNESCO, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Moroccan Red Crescent. Dr. Elmadmad's published books include Asile et réfugiés dans les pays afro-arabes (Asylum and Refugees in the Afro-Arab Countries) and Les migrants et leurs droits au Maghreb (Migrants and Their Rights in the Maghreb).
Driss Maghraoui, PhD
Dr. Maghraoui is a professor of history and international relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Dr. Maghraoui teaches courses on North African immigration in Europe, modern imperialism and its culture, history of the Arab world, and history and memory in twentieth-century Europe. He has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent publications include "Secularism in Morocco: A Stagnant Word in Motion," "Northern Africa: Historical Links with Sub-Saharan Africa," "Perceptions of External Pressure to Democratization: The Moroccan Case," and "The 'Grande Guerre Sainte': Moroccan Colonial Troops and Workers in the First World War."
Fouad Laroui, PhD
Fouad Laroui was born in Oujda in 1958. His father disappeared when he was eleven, presumably arrested by the Moroccan authorities, and was never seen again. Dr. Laroui studied engineering at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and became an engineer. After working for a phosphate mining company in Morocco, he lived in England and then moved to Amsterdam, where he teaches econometrics and environmental science. He has written novels, short stories, and essays, but his work has yet to be translated into English. His style tends towards critiquing Morocco, particularly its corruption and bureaucracy.
Nadia Bourass, PhD
Dr. Bourass was born in Amsterdam in 1981. She holds a PhD in history and specializes in issues of gender and Moroccan immigration and transnationalism in the Netherlands. She is a member of the governing bodies of the Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development Centre (EMCEMO) and Gresen Links Amsterdam (Green Left Party).