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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, 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. 

Alkazemi, Mariam

Dr Mariam Alkazemi, Visiting Fellow

Mariam Alkazemi, an Assistant Professor at the Gulf University of Science and Technology, is based at the Kuwait Programme researching the role of social media and advertising regulation in the protection of Kuwaiti consumers. 

Shafrifa AlShalfan

Sharifa Alshalfan, 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 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.


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 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.


Dr Heba Elsayed, Visiting Fellow

Heba Elsayed is Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester. She is leading on two research projects: the first investigating Egyptian youths’ consumption of New Information Technologies and the second focusing on street sexual harassment in Egypt and the media’s role in fuelling this national epidemic. 


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. 


Professor Umut Özkırımlı, Visiting Professor

Umut Özkırımlı is Professor of Political Science at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University, and an Honorary Professor in Europe, Nationalism and Globalization at the Center for Modern European Studies (CEMES), University of Copenhagen; and a Senior Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University.


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).