U.S. Based Team

Dr. Stephanie J. Nawyn

Principal Investigator

Stephanie J. Nawyn is the Co-Director for Academic Programs at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) and an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching expertise are in migration, refugees, and gender, with a focus on refugee resettlement and the international protection of Syrian and other refugees in the Middle East. Nawyn was a Fulbright Fellow at the Women’s Research Center at Istanbul University during the 2013-14 academic year. Nawyn has co-edited The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies (with Steven J. Gold) and Gender Through the Prism of Difference (with Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, and Michael Messner). Her most recent articles were published in Journal of Refugees Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Dr. Steven P. Gasteyer


Dr. Stephen P. Gasteyer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on community development, environmental justice, and the political ecology of landscape change, with specific attention food, energy, water, and public health. Recent research has addressed the food access and impacts urban greening in small US cities, alternative energy and community action, environmental equity in access to water and sanitation, and water governance.  Dr. Gasteyer was a 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar at Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestinian territories. Dr. Gasteyer’s previous positions include: assistant professor of Human and Community Leadership Development at the University of Illinois (2005-2008); Research and Policy Director at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership in Washington, DC (2002-2005); research consultant on issues of global water governance (2001-2002); UNAIS project worker on Agroecosystem research at the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem, and the Palestine Institute for Arid Lands and Environmental Studies, Palestinian territories (1993-1996); Program Associate for the Committee on Sustainable Agriculture, World Resources Institute (1991-1993).  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali from 1987 through 1990. He received a BA from Earlham College in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University in 2001. 

Dr. Adnan Hammad

Implementing Partner, President and CEO, Global Health Research, Management & Solutions

Dr. Hammad is very active in academia. He currently serves as a professor Adjunct at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Michigan State University, School of Medicine, Faculty of Obstetric, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. He also consults at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. He holds several degrees, including Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology, a High Diploma in Health Economics, and a Doctorate in Public Health Policy from Victoria University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He authored and co-authored over 200 publications in the fields of behavior and epidemiological research, including the ethnicity and disease special supplements on Arab American health and several Chapters in books that include, Arab Health Psychology, Arab American Health Disparities, and substance abuse. Dr. Hammad is also serving as the International Consultant for academic and health agencies including, the American University of Beirut Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sousse Medical School, and University of Michigan. Dr. Hammad has been a pioneer in supporting the underserved MENA region with research capacity-building and humanitarian medical assistance and relief for medically underserved communities around the globe.

Ezgi Karaoglu

Graduate Assistant, Michigan State University

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Ezgi is a second year Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department. Before joining MSU, she was in the field and has worked with refugees in Turkey for UN Refugee Agency and a national NGO for 6 years, fulfilling various duties. Lastly, she worked as a manager of a community center, has been supervised the staff with distinctive professionals on case management of vulnerable cases as survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, victims of torture, LGBTI+ individuals, leading the operations and fostering a safe and productive environment. She earned a BA in Psychology at Koc University and an MS in Social Psychology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She wrote an MS thesis on Attitudes toward Syrian Refugees in Turkey with regard the role of Social Dominance Orientation by examining the mediational role of perceived intergroup threat and empathy. Besides she has worked as creative drama trainer, facilitating workshops with diverse multilingual and multicultural groups on awareness of prejudicial thoughts, mitigating the negativity of prejudice and stereotyping by aiming learning through intergroup contact.

Natalie Qaji

Undergraduate Research Assistant and Web Designer

Natalie is currently a freshman at Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and minor in Health Promotions. She plans to become a Physician Associate in plastic surgery and dermatology in the future.

Natalynn Qaji

Undergraduate Research Assistant and Web Designer

Natalynn is currently a freshman at Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a minor in Sociology. She plans to attend medical school after graduation. She is also Natalie’s identical twin.


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