Home > Middle East Centre > People > Visiting Professors & Fellows
How to contact us

Middle East Centre
Tower 1, 10th Floor
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 

General Enquiries and Events
Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

Projects and Scholarships Enquiries 
Chelsea Milsom
+44 (0)20 7955 7038

Media and Communications Enquiries
Ribale Sleiman Haidar

+44(0)20 7955 6250





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.


Dr Jamal Abdullah, Visiting Researcher

Jamal Abdullah is Researcher and Head of Gulf Studies Unit at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS).  During his time at LSE, Jamal will work on his research looking at the Gulf after the arrival of King Salman to power in Saudi Arabia. 

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.


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 Benedetta Voltolini, Visiting Fellow

Benedetta Voltolini is Lecturer in International Relations at Maastricht University (Netherlands) and will become Marie SkŁodowska-Curie Fellow at Sciences Po, Paris from September 2015. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her thesis investigated the role of lobbying in EU foreign policy, with a specific focus on the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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).