Dr Kirsten E. Schulze

Dr Kirsten E. Schulze

Associate Professor

Department of International History

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About me

Dr Kirsten E. Schulze is Associate Professor in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She served as the Deputy Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) 2014-16, as the Head of the LSE Ideas Southeast Asia Programme 2012-14, and she chaired the Indonesian seminar series at Chatham House 2004-12. She is also a member of the LSE SEAC Steering Committee and the LSE Middle East Centre Management Committee.

Dr Schulze works on armed conflict, communal and separatist violence, as well as political Islam and militant jihadism in Indonesia and the Middle East. She has a DPhil from Oxford University (1994) and worked as a lecturer in Politics at Queen’s University Belfast (1994-1995) before coming to the LSE.

She has a DPhil from Oxford University (1994) and worked as a Lecturer in Politics at Queen’s University Belfast (1994-1995).


Arab-Israeli Conflict; Indonesian History; Militant Islam; Ethnic and Communal Conflict; Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Southeast Asia

Teaching & supervision


Dr Kirsten Schulze teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY328 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion

At postgraduate level:

HY435 - Political Islam: From Ibn Taymiyya to ISIS

HY441 - Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia


Dr Schulze also supervises the following PhD students:

 Research student  Provisional thesis title
 Sarah Ashraf  Of Military and Militancy: The rise of Pakistan’s Praetorian Military Structure and its Relationship with Militant Islam
 Gullnaz Baig  Resuscitating Radicalism: The Politics of the Quest for Daulah Islamiyah
 Fadi Esber  The Politics of Partition in French Mandate Syria, 1920-1936
 Anne Irfan  An International Palestine: UNRWA and Palestinian Nationalism in the Refugee Camps, 1967-82
 Judith Jacob  From Jihad to Hijrah and Back Again: The Ideological Evolution of Militant Islamist Movements in Indonesia
 Vinay Kumar Pathak  Kufar in the Sunni World: Defining Islam in Contemporary Indonesia
 Molly Tarhuni  Britain, the United States and the Radicalisation of Qaddafi's Libya 1969-1986

She supervised the following PhD students in the past:

 PhD graduate  Thesis title
 Saad Eskander  Britain’s policy towards the Kurdish Question, 1915-1923 (1999)
 Amos Nadan  The Arab rural economy in mandate Palestine, 1921-47: peasants under colonial rule (2001) co-supervised with Gareth Austin
 Gary Sussmann  The referendum in F.W. de Klerk’s war of manoeuvre: an historical institutionalist account of the 1992 referendum (2003) co-supervised with Brendan O’Leary
 Michael Kerr  Imposing power-sharing: Conflict and Coexistence in Northern Ireland and Lebanon (2004) co-supervised with Brendan O’Leary
 Sajjan Gohel  Insurrection of the Ideologues: the evolution of Egyptian Islamist radical thought from Hassan al-Banna to Ayman al-Zawaheri (2009)
 Jonathan Cummings  ‘Muddling through’ hasbara: Israeli government communications policy, 1966-1975 (2012)
 Daniel Strieff  The president and the peacemaker: Jimmy Carterand the domestic politics of Arab-Israeli diplomacy (2013)
 Tobias Thiel  Citizen Revolt for a modern state: Yemen’s revolutionary moment, collective memory, and conscientious politics sur la longue duree (2013)
 Laura Ryseck  The search for national identity in post-colonial, multi-communal states: the cases of Eritrea and Lebanon, 1941-1991 (2014)
 Sara al-Qaiwani  Nationalism, revolution, and feminism: women in Egypt and Iran from 1880-1980 (2015) Co-supervised with Taylor Sherman
 Corrin Varady  From peacemaking to ‘vigorous self-defence’: US foreign policy and the multinational force in Lebanon 1982-84 (2015)
 Ranj Alaaldin  Iraq: The rise of the Shi’a, 1958-1980 (2015)
 Vishnu Juwono  Eradicating Corruption in Indonesia: A History of Governance Reform, Anti-Corruption Initiatives, and Democratisation in Post-Suharto Indonesia (2016)

Student testimonials

Dr Kirsten Schulze has received praise for her teaching over the years. Here is one of her students' most recent testimonials:

"Last weekend [early February 2016] I participated in the London Security Exercise (LSE's very own Model UN conference, which consists of Crisis Committees only). As Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in the Israeli Cabinet I had to address the First Intifada over three days. I ended up winning the award for 'Best Delegate' and I would like you to know that this is to a large extent thanks to your incredibly rewarding Arab-Israeli Conflict course.

Throughout the previous academic year I would leave your information-intensive lectures and classes with pages and pages of notes that were well worth the ensuing hand cramp. From the various ideological strands of Arab nationalism, Zionism, and political Islam, to the grand strategy and tactics of war and diplomacy, to the everyday identity politics of Palestinian flags attached to donkeys, you weaved together such a diversity of themes and managed to convey them with unrivalled analytical clarity and pedagogical passion. Far beyond the small triumph of winning 'Best Delegate' at a university Model UN conference, your teaching will stay with me for a long time to come."

Ingrid Hampe (2015/16)


Dr Kirsten Schulze is currently writing a history of the Ambon Conflict.

Her publications include:



Her most recent presentations are:
  • 'Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Communal Conflict, Separatism and Terrorism' presented at Ben Gurion University (Israel), March 2014;
  • 'Indonesian-US Military Relations' presented at Birmingham University, January 2014;
  • 'The Rohingya Conflict and its impact on Muslims in ASEAN: The case of Indonesia' presented at LSE Ideas/ASEAN UK Business Forum Conference, December 2013.


And recent Public Lectures have included:

  • 'Gerakan Aceh Merdeka: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?', Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University;
  • 'Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency: A Strategic Analysis of the Aceh Conflict,'Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore;
  • 'The Conflict in Aceh and Indonesia's Integrated Operation, 19 May 2003 - Present', US State Department;
  • 'Aceh under Martial Law', Council on Foreign Relations; 'Towards an Islamic State? Indonesia since Suharto', LSE Asia Research Centre.


 SchulzeFieldwork1  Protesters during the 2003 trial of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir.
 SchulzeFieldwork2  Deserted street in Ambon city during the communal conflict in 2001.
 SchulzeFieldwork3  ‘The Dayak will fight to the last drop of blood as long as the Madurese are in the land of Kalimantan’ – Sign posted during the Dayak-Madurese conflict in 1999.
 SchulzeFieldwork4  Fighters of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in the jungles of Aceh in 2003.

News & media


LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards

In May 2017, Dr Kirsten Schulze was recognised in the LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards with a "highly commended" nomination in the category of "Research Guidance and Support”. The LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards are the only awards at LSE that are student-led. Students make the nominations and students choose the winners.


LSE Excellence in Education Award

In June 2016, Dr Kirsten Schulze won an LSE Excellence in Education Award with other members of the Department. Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), the Excellence in Education Awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.

My research