Dr Elizabeth Shlala is a specialist in modern Middle East and North African studies with a particular interest in migration, law, and Islam between Europe and the Middle East. Her main research areas are: the exchange of law and legal institutions in the late Ottoman period; the social, intellectual, and economic impact of modern global migrations (e.g. Egypt, UAE, Italy, and Sri Lanka); and the imperial legacy of former British colonies.
Dr Shlala first came to LSE in 2010. She has taught at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and Barnard College (NYC). She spent a year as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s History Department. She was a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad fellow researching in Egypt, Italy, and the UK. Dr Shlala received a certificate for Session IV of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration at the Robert Schuman Center of Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has researched and written two working papers on diaspora and migration for the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. She was a short-term consultant for the World Bank’s Human Development Group in the Middle East and North Africa researching the social protections and policy provisions for unskilled migrants in the Middle East. She is currently starting her second year as a Research Associate at the Centre of Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University. Her current research focuses on the health of Sri Lankan domestic workers in Europe and the Middle East.
Dr Shlala obtained her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and holds both M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University’s Department of History. Her doctoral work analyses the plural legal regime of nineteenth-century Egypt with a particular focus on property rights, gender, and nationality. It focuses on the foreign community of Alexandria comprised of Italian, British, French and Greek nationals in order to trace migratory movements of people; to analyze class relations and ethnic identities in a cosmopolitan port city; and, to explore the evolution and exchange of modern law between Europe and the Middle East. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the World History Association and the Mediterranean Studies Association. Her primary research languages are Italian, French, and Modern Standard Arabic.
Her recent publications include:
“Islamic Female Sexuality and Gender in Modern Feminist Interpretation” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, April 2005, pp 129-140;
“Islamic Female Sexuality and Gender in Modern Feminist Interpretation” Judaism and Islam in The Library of Essays on Sexuality and Religion series, Stephen Hunt, ed. (London: Ashgate, 2010);
The De Rossetti Affair: Legal National Identities in Alexandria, Egypt (under editorial review).