MESC Opening Reception & Lecture | Melani Cammett
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to Monday, October 7, 2019 - 8:00pm
MESC Opening Reception & Lecture | Melani Cammett

Please join the Middle East Studies Center for the first lecture in our Scholarly Lecture Series. This series is a diverse group of distinguished scholars, authors, artists, and area experts. Our speakers have achieved regional, national, and international recognition, and they initiate critical discussion within our community. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, but please RSVP online.

Date & Time

Monday, October 7, 2019

5:30-6:00pm: Opening Reception with appetizers

6:00-8:00pm: Lecture with Q & A


Native American Student & Community Center, Room 110
PSU Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St, Portland, OR 97201
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Lecture Title

Out-group generosity despite prejudice: Access to social services for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

About the Lecture

The war in Syria has led to a massive influx of refugees in Lebanon, contributing to intergroup tensions. Does the mounting local resentment of refugees result in discrimination in accessing social services? We explore the quality of care received by Syrian refugees and Lebanese nationals in Lebanese health centers using data from original surveys in a nationally representative sample of health centers. The conventional wisdom in studies of diversity and public goods provision suggests that Syrians would receive inferior services, while social psychology research on outgroup generosity would predict little variation in care. Our results show no difference in the quality of health services between Syrian and Lebanese patients and indicate that the involvement of international actors helps to explain the apparent outgroup generosity, despite evidence for prejudice against Syrians. This finding advances research on intergroup relations and contributes to studies of the politics of humanitarian response and service delivery. 

About the speaker

Melani Cammett is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government, Chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Acting Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She also holds a secondary faculty appointment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Cammett's books include Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014), which won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Giovanni Sartori Book Award and the Honorable Mention for the APSA Gregory Luebbert Book Award; A Political Economy of the Middle East (co-authored with Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards and John Waterbury, Westview Press 2015); The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (co-edited with Lauren Morris MacLean, Cornell University Press, 2014), which received the Honorable Mention for the ARNOVA book award; and Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Her current research explores peace and reconciliation after ethnoreligious conflict, the politics of social service delivery, and the historical roots of economic and social development, primarily in the Middle East. Cammett has published numerous articles in academic and policy journals, consults for development policy organizations, and is the recipient of various fellowships and awards. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Syria.

This lecture is made possible by the Tarbell Foundation.