Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). The college was recently established with a vision to enrich society, both in Qatar, the GCC and the wider world, by providing transformative educational experiences that bridge disciplinary boundaries, and by offering the academic community opportunities to engage in innovative research and collaboration. We aspire to nurture a diverse body of academically grounded and socially responsible global citizens whose versatility will enable them to navigate the complexities of today’s world and become the leaders of tomorrow.
CHSS strives to achieve academic excellence and promote cutting-edge research. This mission is accomplished through innovative, interdisciplinary, research intensive postgraduate programs in the humanities and social sciences that prepare qualified graduates for the professional and scholarly worlds. By creating a unique educational and learning experience for students, CHSS will develop their intellectual and creative capacities and equip them with the professional skills to advance in their careers and future lives.
The college achieves its mission through recruiting and retaining the finest faculty and researchers, enrolling and graduating high caliber students and promoting a supportive environment for faculty and student research. It also fosters meaningful collaborations, through creating partnerships with other institutions locally and internationally and making effective contributions to the educational, cultural and social life in Qatar and around the world.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is able to leverage the reputation and the impact of the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) in Qatar and beyond, and to build upon the strong ties the TII has established with governmental and semi-government entities, industry, and civil society. There is an abundance of opportunities, and HBKU’s CHSS is committed to creating the right leaders who can turn these opportunities into realities that will benefit their direct societies and humanity in general.
Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki is Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute, which she founded in 2011. She also served as Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where she taught courses in writing composition, postcolonial literature, theories of translation and Islamic feminism.
Dr. Al-Malki’s research interests include the negotiation of identity between East and West, media representations of Arab women and postcolonial literature. She has published numerous articles in academic journals in the United States and UK. Her book, Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media (2012) is published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Academic, UK. It was lauded as the first comprehensive study of the topic in the world. She also edited The Writer’s Craft: Teaching Creative Writing in Qatar, published as a part an initiative honoring Doha as the Arab Capital of Culture in 2010.
Dr. Al-Malki holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of London-SOAS, where she also earned a Master's Degree in English-Arabic Applied Linguistics and Translation. She is a sought-after public speaker and social commentator. Dr. Al-Malki has been invited to speak at conferences and forums throughout the Middle East, United States and UK. She was the first Arab and Muslim to serve as a Keynote Speaker at City University in New York in the wake of 9/11. She was also the first Qatari to be invited to address the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She has lectured at Durham University, SOAS and Maryland University among others. Focusing on women's rights and Arab identity, Dr. Al-Malki strives to help deepen international understanding of Qatar and its evolving place in the world. She was recognized as a Qatar Foundation achiever in 2010 and has been profiled in several local and international magazines. She was an honored guest at the first Middle Eastern meeting of the Active Leaders for Women’s Advancement in the Near East (ALWANE) Coalition, an initiative by Women’s Campaign International (WCI), which advocates for gender equality around the world. She was also selected to take part in the Future Leader Program in 2014 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She was recognized as a Qatar Foundation achiever in 2010 and has been profiled in several local and international magazines. She was an honored guest at the first Middle Eastern meeting of the Active Leaders for Women’s Advancement in the Near East (ALWANE) Coalition, an initiative by Women’s Campaign International (WCI), which advocates for gender equality around the world. She was also selected to take part in the Future Leader Program in 2014 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.