Mona Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut, where she is also co-founder and research lead at the MSFEA Beirut Urban Lab. Her ongoing research investigates matters of governance in contexts of limited statehood, forced displacement, configurations of public life in contested cities, and intersections of urban activism and oppositional politics. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques at Aix-Marseille (France). She is the author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010), co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013, with Lara Deeb,), co-editor of Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World (Beirut: LCPS, 2015, with Sami Atallah), and author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. Harb serves on the editorial boards of IJMES, Environment and Planning C, IJURR, and CSSAME and is a trustee of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. She is a co-editor of Jadaliyya e-zine.