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Visiting Fellows


Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi, Visiting Fellow

Pejman Abdolmohammadi is Lecturer of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at John Cabot University in Rome. His research and teaching activities focus on the politics and history of modern Iran, the intellectual history of Iran, geopolitics of the Persian Gulf, and international relations of the Middle East.


Dr Abeer Al-Najjar, Visiting Senior Fellow

Abeer is Associate Professor at the Department of Mass Communication, American University of Sharjah-United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include the intricacy of media, politics and religion in the MENA region. 


Dr Hessah Al-Ojayan, Visiting Fellow

Hessah Al-Ojayan is Assistant Professor of Finance at Kuwait University. Her research interests include Islamic finance and economics, GCC and emerging capital market, SMEs, and the history of finance and economics in the Middle East.


Dr Shamel Azmeh, Visiting Fellow

Shamel Azmeh is Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. He is also Assistant Professor at the University of Bath. He is currently leading a three-year collaboration project between the Centre at the American University in Cairo looking at North Africa’s economic integration with the EU.


Dr Ian Black, Visiting Senior Fellow

Ian Black is Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. He is a former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor for the Guardian newspaper.


Ginny HillVisiting Fellow

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


Dr Jonathan Hill, Visiting Fellow

Jonathan Hill is Reader in Postcolonialism and the Maghreb in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. Jon’s research examines and compares political processes, structures and cultures in contemporary North Africa and, increasingly, the wider Middle East. He is currently completing a book for Edinburgh University Press entitled Democratisation in the Maghreb. 


Martin Howard, Visiting Senior Fellow

Martin Howard is a recently retired UK senior civil servant researching post-conflict/crisis stabilisation drawing on experiences (including his own) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.


Zelal Başak Kızılkan, Visiting Fellow

Zelal Başak Kızılkan is Assistant Professor at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. She is currently Visiting Fellow at the Center carrying out research on the 'Neighbourhood Policies of the EU and Turkey after Arab Uprising', supported by the Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund of the British Council. 


Dr Mandy Turner, Visiting Fellow

Mandy Turner is Director of the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem. Her research focuses thematically on the political economy of war and peace, with a country specialism on Palestine. Recent research has also focused on political activists in Israel.


Dr Karen Young, Visiting Fellow

Karen Young is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She was research fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre from 2014-15, where she remains a visiting fellow. From 2009-14, she was assistant professor of political science at the American University of Sharjah (UAE).



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