Muna S. Tareh

Muna S. Tareh

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Curriculum vitae


 Political Science 

Muna S. Tareh

Muna Tareh was born in Beit Jala, Palestine, to an Arab family. She moved to the United States at 19 years of age. She graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan where she double majored in Political Science and Sociology. Muna served as the Executive Director of the Arab American Heritage Council in Flint, Michigan, before she set out to pursue a Ph.D. degree. She currently holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Michigan and a second Master's of Arts (MA) from Columbia University in the City of New York. Muna's scholarly research is focused on issues concerning the reaches and limitations of the human rights discourse in the transformation of situations of oppression and anti-colonial struggles. Muna is the recipient of multiple professional and acadamic awards. 

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

World and Comparative Politics: Special Focus on Middle-East Relations and the Palestinian Struggle for Liberation 

The Reaches and Limitations of the Human Rights Discourse in the Transformation of Anti-colonial Struggles: A Historical Comparative Outlook 

Understanding Contemporary Socio-Economic and Political Discourse Through Various Theoretical Frameworks



  • Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Wayne State University, Michigan
  • Master of Arts (MA), Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Columbia University in the City of New York, New York
  • Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPA), The University of Michigan, Michigan

Awards and grants


2015 Recipient of the Michigan’s Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award

2015 Recipient of University of Michigan-Flint Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) Award

2015 Flint’s Community Development Corporation P.A.P.A.S. Women In Power (WIP) Award

2011 The University of Michigan- Flint Distinguished Alumni Award

2011 YWCA Women of Achievement Award

Selected publications

Mona Tareh-Sahouri. On the Violence of Self-Determination: The Palestinian Refugee as the Ontological Other. Published in Arab Studies Quarterly, January 2020