Jihane Sfeir is an associate professor in Modern History of the Arab world in the Faculty of Sociology and Philosophy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She obtained her PhD from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisaitons Orientales in Paris, her research interests and teaching focus on Middle East history and politics generally and Palestine and Lebanon in particular. Her work deals with refugee issues, the manufacture, uses and practices of archives. She authored several articles in academic journals and edited books on Arab historiography and archiving in the Middle East. She is also the director of the Observatory of the Arab and Muslim Worlds at the Maison des Sciences Humaines at the ULB.