Qatar University’s (QU) Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at College of Medicine, Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashif has been named Sociologist of the Month for February 2021 by Current Sociology, the Journal of the International Sociology Association.

Dr. Suhad heads the Wellbeing Committee at the College and also heads the Mental Health Research Group at QU-Health.

This selection came based on the new knowledge and the unique analytical contributions she did in her article “Colonial Management of death: to be or not to be dead in Palestine,” that she published in the journal Current Sociology in August 2020.

While speaking about her published article, she said “This research shed lights on the issue of withholding and freezing the Palestinian dead bodies that Israel began to practice during ‘Al-Quds Uprising’ in 2015. The study presents how withholding and freezing the dead influence the Palestinian families politically, psychologically and socially. This study is part of my postdoctoral research that was awarded by the Arab Council for Social Sciences, and part of bigger study on forensic medicine and death practices in the Palestinian context I conducted in 2016.”

On the importance of choosing this research, Dr. Suhad added, “This study highlights the dead rights as human rights, while most of the studies focus on the rights of the living humans. Furthermore, the paper presents the families’ voices and their experiences and explains how freezing the body and preventing it from dying (Biologically and socially), freezes the whole family’s life, and prevents them from living in all aspects of life. The study explains how in colonized zones, despite its dead status, the dead body has an active role in re-shaping the colonized-colonizer relationship and has a role in reshaping the Palestinian collective national discourse.”

Dr Suhad also discussed about her research interests and said, “My main research passion is to dismantle the intersectionality between science, society and politics in medical and cultural contexts, and how this intersectionality is inscribed over the dead and lived body.”

In addition to her studies on forensic medicine, she’s recently analyzes this intersectionality in mental health and medical education settings in the MENA.

Commenting on the role of Qatar University and the College of Medicine she said, “There is no doubt that the success of any researcher begins with her passion to what she studies, but empowered by the support from her family and her workplace. Qatar University and the College of Medicine has an important role in all my achievements by creating a strong culture of high standard academic and scientific research. I could have all kinds of support when I needed it and asked for it. Despite the challenges that imposed by Covid-19, my hard working combined with the support from my family and Qatar University, enabled me to publish more than ten scientific manuscripts from the beginning of 2020.”