Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors


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


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


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


Chelsea MilsomProjects Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7038


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

Stella Peisch

Stella Peisch | Projects Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6615


Sandra Sfeir | Events 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.


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 Hessah Al-Ojayan

Hessah is Assistant Professor of Finance at Kuwait University. Her research interests include Islamic finance and economics, and the history of finance and economics in the Middle East.


Sharifa Alshalfan

Sharifa is an architect and a researcher. Her research interests include land-use policies and urban governance with a focus on housing in the GCC states, mainly Kuwait.


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. 


Dr Cristina Moreno Almeida

Cristina is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at King's College London studying Digital Culture in Morocco.


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 Jonathan Hill

Jonathan is Reader in Postcolonialism and the Maghreb in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. His research focuses on contemporary North Africa.


Dr Rima Sabban

Rima is Associate Professor at Zayed University. Her research interests include gender and family, and states and societies of the Gulf.

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.


Professor Ali Ansari

Ali is Professor of Iranian History at the University of St Andrews, and founding director of its Institute of Iranian Studies. 



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.


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.




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