A DAAD Research Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, Mais has held positions at Wellesley College, and the UN-International Organization for Migration (IOM) among others. In the past decade, Mais has worked with humanitarian organisations and research institutes in North America, Jordan, Iraq, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Germany focusing on forced migration, irregular migration and integration in post-conflict settings.
Her area of expertise includes human trafficking and migrant smuggling, protracted displacement, and resilience of ethno-religious minority groups in post conflict. The distinctiveness of Mais’ strategies is that she incorporates art and culture into education on forced migration topics. Currently, she is a research associate at the Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht (IFHV) in Germany. Her work has appeared in numerous general and academic publications such as the Journal of Refugee Studies, Berliner Wissenschafts-verlag, and the Reiss Center of New York University School of Law.
Resilience and innovation of ethno-religious minority groups in post-conflict, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, protracted displacement, and humanitarian action and ethics.
Forced migration, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, arrival and resilience in post conflict
PhD Dissertation: Yazidi survivors of ISIS: Strategies, dispositions and resources of social resilience from organized violence to migration in Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries).
PhD Candidate, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany
M.A. in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; California State University of Chico, CA, U.S.A
Thesis: Terrorism and Islam: Distortion of Islamic Concepts to Justify Violent Attacks.
M.A. classes in Human Security; Warlords, Terrorists and Militias, MIT, U.S.A
B.A. classes in American Studies(major); French (minor), Wellesley College, U.S.A
B.A. English Literature, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Work Experience and other Activities
Lecturer, the European Inter-university Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy
Research Consultant on child labor in Baghdad, a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Research Associate at Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht (IFHV), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Project Manager on Combating Trafficking in Persons, Heartland Alliance International, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Funded by the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). Program grant: $1,6 Million
Capacity Building Program Officer, UN-International Organization for Migration (IOM), Republic of Iraq. Funded by the EU. Program grant: € 4,01 Million.
Project Assistant, Combating Trafficking in Persons, UN-IOM Jordan (2012); short term in Tanzania (2013)
Program Coordinator, Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Jordan
Intern – Scholar Rescue Fund at the Institute for International Education (SRF-IEE), Washington D.C.
Researcher, Research Foundation of California State University, C.A.
Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA-Fulbright), Dept. of Middle Eastern Studies, Wellesley College, M.A.
Grants and Awards
Wilhelm und Günter Esser Stiftung, completion-of-research grant
Awarded first place in an international art competition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, Leiden University, Netherlands. The artwork showed how the Conventions mitigate the effects of armed conflict and limit the suffering of those affected by it: http://kalshovengieskesforum.com/art-competition/
Research fellowship, European Union Studies Graduate Center, City University New York (CUNY), N.Y.
Conference grant by the University of Strasbourg, France
The Right Livelihood Junior Scientist Fellowship at the Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, Right Livelihood College (RLC) at University of Bonn
Researching on human security and modern-day slavery, The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, M.A.
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Award for Doctoral Research, Study grant: € 74,8 Thousand.
Appointed member to the “National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking,” Jordan Women Union and Government of Jordan
Young Leaders Visiting Program on Social Leadership, Swedish Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Fulbright Award, Wellesley College and MIT, M.A. U.S.A.
Most recent Publications
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Masadeh M. “Resilience at times of Coronavirus Pandemic: A comparison case between Syrian refugees residing in camps and urban areas living in Jordan,” under review
Masadeh M. and Pries L., “Similar History, Different Strategies of ‘Arrival’: Female Yazidi Survivors of the Islamic State in Germany,” Journal of Refugee Studies. Oxford University Press, available at https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa134
Masadeh M. “IS-affiliated Children: A Ticking Pendulum Between Criminalization and Victimhood/ IS-verbundene Kinder: Ein tickendes Pendel zwischen Kriminalisierung und Opferschaft.” Humanitäres Völkerrecht: Journal of the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict. Berliner Wissenschafts-verlag. 3(3-4): 223–235, available at: http://doi.org/10.35998/huv-2020-0012.
Masadeh, M. “Resilience in Pandemic Alteration”. The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Alumniportal Deutschland, Coronvirus Focus Topics, Forthcoming in September
Masadeh, M. “Germany’s commitment to international justice – On the groundbreaking first trial addressing genocide against Yazidis”. Der Völkerrechtsblog, June 2020, available at: doi:10.17176/20200623-123834-0
Masadeh, M, “A Lost Phone Brings a Female ISIS Returnee to Trial for Crimes Against Humanity”. Just Security, Reiss Center of New York University School of Law, May, available at: https://www.justsecurity.org/70280/a-lost-phone-brings-a-female-isis-returnee-to-trial-for-crimes-against-humanity/
International Conference Presentations
Life in a limbo: a protracted displacement or disruptive arrival for Yazidi survivors. In the Protracted Displacement Conference: Hopes, Perspectives and Solutions. Amman, Jordan.
ISIS wives and children: between returning home, stranded in Syria or future refugees. In the Forum of Global Refugee Protection in the age of Securitization. Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Bochum.
Resilience in Post migration: Case study of an ethno-religious group from Iraq settling in Germany. In the Politics, Identities, and Relationships in the Transatlantic World. Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, City University of New York, NY. U.S.A.
Migration of Female Yazidi Survivors of the Islamic State to Germany. In the conference of Belongings and Borders: Biographies, Mobilities, and the Politics of Migration. European Sociology Association Conference. University of Strasbourg, France.
Coping beyond the Camp(s): Examining the lives of survivors enslaved by the Islamic State. In Mobilization for Change: Promoting and Defending Justice for Marginalized People. Right Livelihood College – University of Bonn, Germany.
Documenting Narration of Refugees in Forced Migration Contexts. In Narrative Research and Biographical Methods. Aarhus University, Denmark.
The application of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees by Brazil to protect Venezuelans forced migrants, at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy.
Introduction to Humanitarian Aid: Women Peace and Security, RUB.
Refugee Law and the Protection of Women, at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy.
Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy.
Gender, Peace and Security in Humanitarian Action, RUB.
Gender, Peace and Security in Humanitarian Action, RUB.
Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Humanitarian Action, Summer School, IFHV.
Project Management: how to design and manage projects in humanitarian aid, NOHA, IFHV.
Wiener Zeitung, "Gib mir deine Niere/ Give me your kidney- on trafficking in Iraq", https://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/chronik/welt/820213-Gib-mir-deine-Niere.html
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker, Podcast, "Der Völkermord an den Yeziden"
Global Detention Project, “Immigration Detention in Jordan,” https://www.refworld.org/pdfid/556738404.pdf 2015
Arabic (mother tongue)
Launching The Journey – Die Reise – a series of paintings at the main library of Ruhr University Bochum as part of the main exhibition Tagebuch (January-March, 2020). Die Reise aimed to raise awareness on the difficulties and uncertainties of forced migration routes which émigré take while fleeing conflict, in transit and at destination. Photographs from the exhibition