About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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

Dean’s Bio

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.


CHSS Advisory Council Members

  • Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki

    Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Hamad bin Khalifa University – Qatar Foundation

  • Dr. Nima Nazari

    Dr. Khalid Al-Horr CEO, Qatar Finance and Business Academy – QFBA

  • HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al –Thani

    HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al –Thani Director of the Government Communication Office

  • Mr. Hassan Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim

    Mr. Hassan Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim Acting Chairman, QTC Chief Qatar Tourism Council, QTC

  • H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi

    H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

  • Dr. Tarik M. Yousef

    Dr. Tarik M. Yousef Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development Director - Brookings Doha Center

  • Ms. Ameena Al Haroon

    Ms. Ameena Al Haroon CHSS Alumni Governance Officer QF Board Management Office

  • Dr. Hassan Hakimian

    Dr. Hassan Hakimian Director of the London Middle East Institute and a Reader in Economics at SOAS, University of London.

  •  David Kaufer

    Professor David Kaufer Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon

  • Dr. Steven Wright

    Dr. Steven Wright Associate Professor of International Relations and an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research

  • Dr. Josélia Neves

    Dr. Josélia Neves Professor in the Translation and Interpreting Department

  • Ms. Nada Abduljalil Al-Mahmeed

    Ms. Nada Abduljalil Al-Mahmeed Senior Project Leader and TTC Acting Director

  • Dr. Nima Nazari

    Dr. Nima Nazari Director, Language Center