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
Email: k.e.schulze@lse.ac.uk

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).


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 Ibn Taymiyya to ISIS

HY441 - Islam, State and Rebellion in the Indonesian Archipelago


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
Anne Irfan An International Palestine: UNRWA and Palestinian Nationalism in the Refugee Camps, 1967-82
Judith Jacob Foreign Affairs: The Formation of the Jemaah Islamiyah and the Rise of the Global Jihadist Movement in Indonesia
Vinay Kumar Pathak Kufar in the Sunni World: Defining Islam in Contemporary Indonesia
Molly Tarhuni To Follow

She supervised the following PhD students in the past:

Research Student Provisional 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)

Teaching 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.

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.

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'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.



Dr Kirsten SchulzeExpertsPage

Protesters during the 2003 trial of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir.
Deserted street in Ambon city during the communal conflict in 2001.
 ‘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.
Fighters of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in the jungles of Aceh in 2003.