Shafeeq Ghabra has been a professor of political science at Kuwait University since 1987 and served as founding president of the American University of Kuwait from 2003 to 2006. Ghabra is also founder and president of Jusoor Arabiya Leadership and Consultancy Center since 2006. He previously directed the Center of Strategic and Future Studies at Kuwait University and also the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, DC. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Social Sciences at Kuwait University from 1996-1999. More recently, Ghabra produced and anchored a weekly talk show on Kuwait TV, The Weekly Diwaniya. He writes weekly columns for Kuwait's Daily Awan, is a frequent contributor to Alhayat Daily and Middle East Transparent, and his columns are syndicated in several regional newspapers.
Ghabra earned his PhD in government with a focus on comparative politics, public administration and organizations in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin, his MA in political science from Purdue University in 1983, and his BA in government from Georgetown University in 1975.
Ghabra is a frequent speaker on Islam and the West, democratization in the Arab world, Islamic affairs, educational reform, and leadership development. He is a long-time advocate of reform in public and private sectors as well as in the political systems of the Arab world. He provides commentary on many national television and radio programs throughout the world and has lectured all over the Arab world, the US, Asia, and Europe on reform change and challenges facing the Arab world. Ghabra has been a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary and a visiting scholar at George Mason University's Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Author of five books and scores of articles and papers, Ghabra has received Kuwait's highest award for scientific research in the humanities and social sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. His Palestinians in Kuwait: The Family and the Politics of Survival was named by Choice as outstanding academic book of 1989. His recent book Kuwait: A Study of the Dynamics of State and Society outlined a unique approach to Arab democracy. Ghabra is now completing his sixth book, a personal narrative which describes the Arab world of the 1960ís and 1970ís.