Rima Rassi has years of experience in academic and research settings, having worked at universities and think tanks/research institutes in Lebanon and abroad. Rima holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University of Beirut (2008). For the past twelve years, her research has been dedicated to the study of population movements and refugee crises in Lebanon and the greater Arab region. She has presented at and participated in more than twenty conferences, seminars and workshops and has a number of publications on refugee issues. For her PhD dissertation, Rima seeks to investigate the phenomenon of the UN "surrogate state" with a focus on Lebanon and UNHCR. Broadly speaking, her research interests include refugees, international organizations, the United Nations, the ethics of refugee research, and social justice. Rima has been asked to serve as a reader on Master's theses at the American University of Beirut as well as Harvard University, and is often asked to guest lecture in graduate seminars on the Syrian refugee crisis and UNHCR.