Professor Paul Tabar

Professor Paul Tabar

Paul Tabar is the Director of the Institute for Migration Studies and a Professor in Sociology/Anthropology at the Lebanese American University, Beirut campus. He is the author of Arab Communities in Australia (Arab Centre for Arab Unity Studies, 2013) and the co-author of On Being Lebanese in Australia: Identity, Racism and the Ethnic Field (Institute for Migration Studies, LAU, 2010), Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (Institute of Criminology, 2004) and Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime: Youth, Ethnicity and Crime (Pluto Australia, 2000). He is currently working on Lebanese diasporic communities and their public activities. He is also working jointly with Professor Greg Noble on a book on migrant habitus focusing on Lebanese Australians as a case study. Dr Tabar has published many articles on Lebanese and Arab migrants in international journals. He is the editor of a book series on Migrant Studies in collaboration with Professor Anton Escher, Johannes Guttenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and a member of the editorial board on the Arab Journal of Sociology, Idafaat.


  • PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • BA (Hons), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • BA, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Selected Publications

Noble, G & Tabar, P 2017, The ‘career’ of a migrant: time, space and the settling process, in M  Boese, & V Marotta (eds) Critical Reflections on Migration, ‘Race’ and Multiculturalism, Australia in a Global Context, Routledge, London, pp. 255-270.

Noble, G & Tabar, P 2017, ‘Wounded detachments: Cronulla, social memory and the injuries of racism, Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 271-283.

Tabar, P 2016, ‘The Lebanese diasporic field: the impact of sending and receiving states’, Immigrants and Minorities, pp. 256-275.

Egan, M & Tabar, P 2016, ‘Bourdieu in Beirut: Wasta, the state and social reproduction in Lebanon’, Middle East Critique, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 249-270.

Tabar, P & Maalouf, W 2016, The emergence of a ‘Diasporic political field’: a case for political remittances, in M Nowicka & V Šerbedžija (eds) Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 99-120.

Tabar, P 2015, Highly-skilled migration, in Talents on the move: High-skilled migration in the Middle-East and North Africa, T. B. Tauris.

Noble, G & Tabar, P 2014, Learning to be Lebanese: fashioning an ethnicised habitus in multicultural Australia, in T Batrouney, T  Boos, A Escher & P Tabar (eds) Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian Communities in the World: Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Studies, the Universitätsverlag Winter (UWH), Heidelberg, pp. 15-26.

Batrouney, T, Boos, T, Escher, A & Tabar, P (eds) 2014, Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian communities in the world: theoretical frameworks and empirical studie, the Universitätsverlag Winter (UWH), Heidelberg.

Tabar, P 2013, Arab communities in Australia, a socio-cultural study, Centre for Arab Unity Studies, Beirut (in Arabic).

Tabar, P 2011, Mobilisation for national voting abroad: the participation of Lebanese-Australians in 2009 elections in Lebanon, in Metamorphose des Figures du Leadership au Liban, Institut Francais du Proche Orient and Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies, Beirut (in Arabic, English and French).

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