Sima Ghaddar is a policy associate at The Century Foundation specializing in Middle Eastern politics. Her research focuses on identity and mechanisms of social control. She has written about patronage networks, sectarianism, and the political implications of Hezbollah’s reconstruction efforts in Lebanon. At the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Center, she took part in a long-range investigation of the conditions of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. She teaches introductory politics at AUB. Sima has a master’s degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics and a BA from the American University of Beirut.