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Linda Sayed, Assistant Professor

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Linda Sayed is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in James Madison College and the College of Human Medicine at MSU. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of the Middle East specializing in the politics of identity formation, citizenship, and nationality as it relates to health rights among marginalized and minority communities in the Middle East and Arab diaspora. Her first project analyzes the legal integration of Shiʿi Muslims into the newly created Lebanese nation-state under the French Mandate. Her current research project focuses on refugee’s rights to health services and the political infrastructures that determine accessibility to those services in the context of Lebanon. Her work brings awareness to limitations in global  public health policies that are exacerbated by exclusionary citizenship regimes, politicalized interests, and infrastructural powers of the state.