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Dr Kirsten Schulze

Associate Professor

*On sabbatical leave 2016-2017*

Research Interests: Arab-Israeli Conflict; Indonesian History; Militant Islam; Ethnic and Communal Conflict; Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Southeast Asia
Room: SAR.M.14
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7105

Dr Kirsten E. Schulze is Associate Professor in International History at the London School of Economics. She has been the head of the LSE Ideas Southeast Asia Program since 2012. From 2005-2012 she ran the Indonesia Seminar as part of the Chatham House Asia Program.

Dr Schulze has conducted research on armed conflicts in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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

Dr Kirsten Schulze teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY203: The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion

At Masters level:

HY435: Political Islam: From Mohammed Abduh to Osama bin Laden

HY441: Nusantara: State and Rebellion in the Indonesian Archipelago from the Early Modern Period to Reformasi

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 The State and the Resurgence of the Quest for Daulah Islamiyyah in Southeast Asia from the 1980s
Anne Irfan Palestine, the UN and UNRWA: National and International Politics, c. 1955-1987
Judith Jacob Foreign Affairs: The Formation of the Jemaah Islamiyah and the Rise of the Global Jihadist Movement in Indonesia
Vishnu Juwono Eradicating Corruption in Indonesia: A History of Governance Reform, Anti-Corruption Initiatives, and Democratisation in Post-Suharto Indonesia
Vinay Kumar Pathak The 'Ray of Islam': Ahamdiyya Socio Political and Islamist Debates in Indonesia
Nabila Ramdani The Rise of the Egyptian Nationalist Movement: The case of the 1919 Revolution
Molly Tarhuni To Follow

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's publications include:

She is currently writing a history of the Ambon Conflict.

Full list of publications on LSE Research Online

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.