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Noora Lori
Boston University
Assistant Professor
152 Bay State Road,
Boston, MA, 02215
United States
Noora Lori is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her book, Offshore Citizens: Permanent “Temporary” Status in the Gulf (Cambridge University Press 2019) received the best book prize from the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (co-winner 2020). She has published on the topics of migration and citizenship in a number of peer reviewed journals and in the Oxford Handbook on Citizenship. She was previously an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Her work has been funded by the ACLS/Mellon foundation, Ziet-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computer Engineering (BU), the Initiative on Cities (BU) (2016; 2019), as well as other grants. At BU, she received the Gitner Family Prize for Faculty Excellence (2014) and the CAS Templeton Award for Excellence in Student Advising (2015).
International Relations/Affairs
Sub Areas
Middle East/Near East Studies
Political Economy
Diaspora/Refugee Studies
Gulf Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
Indian Ocean Region
Arabian Peninsula
Immigration, Citizenship, Naturalization, GCC, UAE
Privatization, Outsourcing, Digital Governance
English (advanced)
Arabic (native)
French (intermediate)
PhD | 2013 | Political Science | Johns Hopkins University
MA | 2007 | Political Science | Johns Hopkins University
BA | 2006 | Political Science, International Studies | Northwestern University
“Offshore Citizens”: The Political Management of Rentier Transformations, Naturalization Policy, and Liminal Populations in the UAE State Building, Naturalization Policy, and Statelessness: A Case Study of the UAE “‘Civilizing’ Security: Active Policing and Contestations over the Enforcement of UAE Decency Laws” Statelessness through State-building: The Impact of Identity Management Upgrades on Displaced Populations in the UAE Who counts as “People of the Gulf”? Disputes over the Arab status of Zanzibaris in the UAE