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




Professor Toby Dodge

Centre Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6176

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Centre Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6365


Chelsea Milsom

Projects Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7038


Emma Pearson

Communications Assistant
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6553


Sandra Sfeir

Centre Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6198


Ian Sinclair

Kuwait Programme Administrator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6639

Ribale Sleiman Haidar

Ribale Sleiman Haidar

Communications Manager 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6250 

Adeel, Muhammad

Dr Valeria Cetorelli

Research Officer
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6616


Dr Filippo Dionigi

Leverhulme Research Fellow
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 7015


Dr Ferdinand Eibl

Kuwait Programme Research Officer
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6295


Dr Fatima El-Issawi

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6615

Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog

Associate Professor in Comparative Politics
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7196


Dr Zeynep Kaya

Research Fellow
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6508

King, Anita

Anita King

Research Assistant

Freer, Courtney

Dr Courtney Freer

Kuwait Programme Research Officer
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 7497

Aitemad Mehanna

Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 7530

Nikoloski, Zlatko

Dr Zlatko Nikoloski

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Torres, Rodrigo

Rodrigo Torres

Research Assistant



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.

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.


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.

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.


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 Steinfield, 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 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).

Roham Alvandi

Dr Roham Alvandi, Department of International History

Roham Alvandi's research focuses on the international history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran, the Persian Gulf, and the Cold War. His current research examines the relationship between U.S. President Richard Nixon, his advisor Henry Kissinger, and the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Federica Bicchi

Dr Federica Bicchi,  Department of International Relations

Dr Bicchi's research interests lie in EU foreign policy and external relations - especially as they relate to the Middle East and to the Mediterranean countries. She is also interested in the promotion of democracy in Arab countries and in international relations theory and theoretical approaches to European foreign policy.

John Chalcraft

Dr John Chalcraft, Department of Government

Dr Chalcraft works on the history and politics of the modern Middle East with special reference to Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, protest movements, migration, labour history, crafts and guilds, transnationalism, contentious politics, hegemony, and history from below.

Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura, Department of International Relations

Dr Dalacoura's research focuses on democracy and human rights in the Middle East, with special emphasis on Egypt, Iran and Turkey; Western policy and the Middle East; political Islam; and the international politics of culture and religion with particular reference to Islam.


Professor Toby Dodge, Middle East Centre

Dr Toby Dodge is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, Professor in the International Relations Department at LSE, and a Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.

Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog, Department of Government

Steffen Hertog has been researching the comparative political economy of the Gulf and Middle East for more than a decade, working with a number of local and international institutions.


Professor Christopher Hughes, Department of International Relations

Christopher Hughes is Professor of International Relations. His research interests includes Chinese politics and international relations with a special focus on the impact of Chinese nationalism.

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe, Middle East Centre

Robert Lowe is the Manager of the Middle East Centre. He joined the centre when it opened in the autumn of 2010. He was previously Manager and Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House.


Dr Michael Mason, Department of Geography and Environment

Dr Michael Mason's research interests encompass environmental politics and governance, notably issues of accountability, energy security and climate change adaptation.

Kirsten Schulze

Dr Kirsten Schulze, Department of International History

Dr Schulze's main fields of research cover Indonesian Politics & Security; Regional Conflicts in Indonesia; the Aceh Conflict; the Free Aceh Movement (GAM); Security Sector Reform; Islamic Groups; Israeli Politics; Israeli Security; the Middle East Peace Process; the Arab-Israeli Conflict.


Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Department of Social Policy

Dr Seckinelgin is Senior Lecturer in International Social Policy. His main fields of research cover social policy on international relations; politics of international relations; international environmental politics; NGOs; HIV/AIDS policy; civil society: Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa; Turkey.