Degrees: M.A., B.A., American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Expertise: International Relations; International Politics; Politics of the Middle East

Professor Mona Kafena DeBaz received both her B.A. and M.A. in international relations from the American University of Beirut.

Lebanon was her home until she moved to the United States in 1984.

Since joining John Carroll in 2002, Professor DeBaz has taught a variety of courses in both international and comparative politics as well as several upper level courses dealing with the Middle East.

Professor DeBaz started a successful Model Arab League (MAL) program at John Carroll in 2009. Initially the team participated in the regional competition for MAL, but, due to the students outstanding performance under the guidance of Professor DeBaz, John Carroll was invited and have since qualified every year to participate in the national MAL. The John Carroll team has consistently brought home awards of the highest honor and regularly performed exceptionally well.

Professor DeBaz is often invited to discuss issues of Middle Eastern politics to local groups and churches. In 2012, Professor DeBaz was the featured speaker for the Department of Political Science’s Suopis Lecture Series, wherein she gave a talk entitled “The Situation in Syria: Prospects and Impediments for Peace.”

Her research interests deal with United States policy in the Middle East. Currently she is working on a paper about President Erdogan of Turkey.

Professor DeBaz brings to the department extensive knowledge of international and global issues, as well as expertise in Middle Eastern affairs.

Fall 2019 Course Schedule

  • PO 103-52 International Relations
    T R, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • PO 328-51 The Middle East in Film & Media
    T, 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm