Shaden Khallaf has been lecturing at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and the Department of Law in The American University in Cairo since 2011. The main focus of her courses has been for students to understand the complexity of refugee and human rights protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region before the Arab Spring – including the actors, patterns, dynamics and trends - and to analyze the impact of the dramatic socio-political changes since 2011 on population movements. She has also designed several short courses on the impact of the Arab Spring, as well as delivered public lectures at reputable academic and research institutions on the subject. Prior to joining CMRS, she acted as policy officer and adviser on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Her areas of expertise are international human rights and refugee law, globalization, post-conflict transitions, democratization and gender issues in MENA. Throughout the Middle East and from UNHCR headquarters, she has specifically worked on refugee status determination, addressing the particular needs of refugee women and children, detention, repatriation and resettlement, coordination between UN agencies, post-conflict reconstruction, institutional advocacy and strategic policy planning. Khallaf will continue researching and assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on asylum, protection and human rights in the MENA region in 2013, with a focus on the current Syrian humanitarian crisis.