Identity politics, citizenship, Palestinian Americans, Arab societies, Arab youth membership
Serhan previously taught a course on nation-state building at American University of Beirut. This course grew into another course on social movements in answer to her students' frustration with the lack of evidence of nation-state building in the Arab world. Her original research was on Palestinian American youth and the sense of belonging or lack thereof in the American polity, but upon returning to the Arab world, she realized the same dilemmas existed for Arab youth and accordingly switched her field site. Serhan has published on Palestinian-American weddings as an expression of nationalism. She also taught at the School of International and Public Affairs, where she developed an appreciation for policy-oriented questions, while still intent on finding sociological explanations and answers.