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Visiting Professors & 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.

Abdulla, Abdulkhaleq

Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Kuwait Programme Visiting Professor

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla is a retired professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Arab Council for Social Science. His research interests include issues of political changes in the Gulf and the Arab World. 

Khalid AlMezaini

Dr Khalid Almezaini, Kuwait Programme Visiting Fellow

Khalid Almezaini is Assistant Professor at Qatar University where he teaches International Relations of the Gulf States and Security of the Gulf. Before joining Qatar University, Khalid taught Middle East Politics at the universities of Cambridge, Exeter and Edinburgh.

Shafrifa AlShalfan

Sharifa Alshalfan, Kuwait Programme Visiting Fellow

Sharifa Alshalfan is an architect and a researcher. She holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from LSE. Her research interests include land-use policies and urban governance with a focus on housing in the GCC states, mainly Kuwait.


Dr Hessah Al-Ojayan, Kuwait Programme 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.


Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed,  Visiting Professor 

Madawi Al-Rasheed is Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.  She 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. She also taught at Goldsmith College (University of London) and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.


Professor Ali Ansari, Visiting Professor

Ali Ansari is Visiting Professor at the LSE Middle East Centre. He is also Professor of Iranian History at the University of St Andrews, and founding director of its Institute of Iranian Studies. 


Dr Heba Elsayed, Visiting Fellow

Heba Elsayed is Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester. She is acting as Principal Investigator on two research projects: a Leverhulme funded project investigating Egyptian youths’ consumption of New Information Technologies and a second funded by the British Academy - co-hosted with the American University in Cairo - focusing on street sexual harassment in Egypt and the media’s role in fuelling this national epidemic. 


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. 


Dr Rebecca Steinfeld, Visiting Fellow

Rebecca Steinfeld is a political scientist researching the politics of reproduction and genital alteration. Alongside her Visiting Fellowship at the LSE Middle East Centre, she is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed her PhD in Politics at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, in 2012, and is now writing her first book, Wars of the Wombs: Struggles over Reproduction in Israel (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).


Dr Mandy Turner, Visiting Fellow

Mandy Turner is also the 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).