Abrar Alshammari

1st-year Ph.D. student
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Abrar Alshammari is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She is broadly interested in issues of structural inequality and social stratification. She aims to examine systems that produce and reproduce inequalities through questions of citizenship, stratification, and statelessness in the Arabian Peninsula. She is specifically interested in how these political realities shape and alter personal decisions and interactions, such as how group-level markers such as lineage or ancestry reveal themselves in kinship, marriage patterns, and citizenship laws in the GCC, and how they impact marriage and family formations and functionalities.

Born and raised in Kuwait, Alshammari graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the American University of Kuwait and an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, where she wrote her thesis on the intersection of cultural production and politics in Kuwait. In 2020, she joined the London School of Economics' Middle East Center as a Research Associate, where she worked on a project around the pressing issue of climate change and inequality in Kuwait.

Alshammari has extensive experience in conducting fieldwork and collecting qualitative data and is working on developing her methodological and theoretical foundation within the discipline of sociology while at Princeton. She is fluent in Arabic and English and is working towards learning Turkish, Farsi, and German while at Princeton.