Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors


Professor Toby DodgeDirector
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6176


Toby Fenton | Projects Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7097



Robert LoweDeputy Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6365 


Jack McGinn | Communications Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6932


Sinéad Murphy | BRISMES Conference Coordinator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6553


Rosa Pérez | Events Coordinator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 7038


Sandra Sfeir | Projects Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6198


Ian SinclairKuwait Programme Administrator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6639 


Ribale Sleiman HaidarCommunications Manager 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6250 

Research Staff

Sunduss Hamdan

Sunduss Hamdan

Sunduss is Research Assistant on the project 'Egypt's and Morocco's GVC Integration in a Changing Global Economy' run in collaboration with the American University in Cairo.


Dr Aula Hariri

Aula is Research Officer working on the Historical Sociology of the Middle East building on her thesis which examined the role of the Iraqi Independence Movement on state formation in Iraq.


Dr Zeynep Kaya

Zeynep is Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre and the LSE CWPS. She is currently leading a project on responses to internal displacement in Iraqi Kurdistan. 


Dr Courtney Freer

Courtney is Research Officer at the Kuwait Programme. Her research focuses on domestic politics of the Gulf states, with particular interest in Islamism and tribalism.


Dr Bronwen Manby

Bronwen is Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre currently leading on a research project looking at statelessness among migrants in North Africa.


Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar

Aitemad is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow currently  investigating the gender impact of Syrian displacement in Jordan and Lebanon. 


Haneen Naamneh

Haneen is Research Assistant on the project 'The Regulation of Palestinian Everyday Life’ run in collaboration with Birzeit University.


Lorenzo Sileci

Lorenzo is Research Assistant on the academic collaboration project looking at Palestinian attitude change in response to conflict in the Palestinian territories.


Dr Jessica Watkins

Jessica is Research Officer at the Middle East Centre, currently working on a DFID-funded project looking at regional drivers of conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Visiting Fellows 


Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi

Pejman is Lecturer of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at John Cabot University in Rome. His research focuses on the politics and history of modern Iran.


Dr Rahaf Aldoughli

Rahaf is Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on Syria, nationalism and masculinity in the Arab World.

Dari Alhuwail

Dr Dari Alhuwail

Dari is an Assistant Professor in the Information Science department at Kuwait University. His research focuses on health informatics.

Fahed Al-Sumait

Dr Fahad Al-Sumait

Fahad is an Assistant Professor in Communications at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. His research focuses on international, strategic communication with a concentration on the Gulf region.


Sareta Ashraph

Sareta is a barrister specialised in international criminal law, with a focus on genocide. She is currently leading a project documenting crimes against Yazidis.


Dr Shamel Azmeh

Shamel is Assistant Professor at the University of Bath. He is currently leading a research project looking at North Africa’s economic integration with the EU.

Valeria Cetorelli

Dr Valeria Cetorelli

Valeria is is a Demographer at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. She is currently leading a project documenting crimes against Yazidis. 


Ginny Hill 

Ginny is an independent consultant and policy analyst, with 20 years’ experience in journalism, foreign policy, multi-stakeholder collaboration and political inclusion. 


Priscilla Toffano

Priscilla joined the MEC for a sabbatical year from the International Monetary Fund, where she was Desk Economist for Palestine in the Middle East and Central Asia Department.

Visiting Senior Fellows


Dr Ian Black

Ian is a former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor for the Guardian newspaper.


Dr Dina Matar

Dina is Head of the Centre for Global Media and Communications at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Visiting Professors


Professor Madawi Al Rasheed

Madawi was Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King’s College, London between 1994 and 2013. Previously, she was Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.



Dr Shakuntala Banaji

Shakuntala is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications. She is also Programme Director for the Master’s in Media, Communication and Development


Professor Chetan Bhatt

Chetan is Professor of Sociology and Director of the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast

Ernestina is Associate Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development.


Professor Tim Dyson

Tim is Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development.


Dr Ben Groom

Ben is Associate Professor of Environment and Development Economics in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment.


Professor Steffen Hertog

Steffen is a is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the LSE Department of Government.


Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

Jennifer is a Associate Professor of Nationalism, with a joint appointment in both the European Institute and the Department of International Relations, LSE.

Tiziana Leone

Dr Tiziana Leone

Tiziana is Assistant Professor in Demography in the LSE Department of International Development.


Dr Berkay Ozcan

Berkay is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Policy at LSE.

Siderius Christian

 Dr Christian Siderius

Christian is a Research Officer in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.




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