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B.A., International Politics and Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 2011
M.A., Sociology, New York University, 2018
Samuel Dinger is an ethnographer, translator, and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at New York University. His research follows the everyday lives of a group of young Syrian men from the urban outskirts of Damascus as they work to build and sustain lives in Lebanon's central Beqaa valley. He uses life-history interviews and ethnographic methods to explore how forced migration and exile reconfigure their gendered definitions of self and morality, experiences of agency, and orientations towards the future. Dinger's writing has been featured, or is forthcoming, in Humanity, Contexts, and the edited volume Refugees as City-Makers. He is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice at the NYU Gallatin Urban Democracy Lab, and his research has previously received fellowship support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Max Weber Stiftung, and the Harvard University Center for Arabic Study Abroad.
ethnographic methods; masculinity; ethics; labor; displacement and exile; humanitarianism; Lebanon and Syria; phenomenology; critical social theory; urban studies; Arabic language and literature