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Past Visiting Fellows


Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Visiting Fellow

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen researches Gulf politics and foreign policies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, and is also an Associate Fellow on the Middle East North Africa Program at Chatham House and an affiliate faculty at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His book, entitled The First World War in the Middle East, was published by Hurst in 2014.


Dr Malihe Maghazei, Visiting Fellow

Originally from Iran, Malihe Maghazei is an historian of the Middle East with focus on gender. Her research interests include gender and Islam, intellectual movements in Iran and modern Iranian history.


Dr Samer Kherfi,   Visiting Fellow

Samer Kherfi is Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University of Sharjah. While at the Centre, he worked on his study, which quantifies key socio-economic factors explaining why the labour market engagement of Emirati women is limited by international standards, despite heavy UAE reliance on foreign labour.


Dr Mohammed Ibahrine,  Visiting Fellow 

Mohammed Ibahrine is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah. While based at the Centre, he worked on his upcoming book on digital communication and socio-political change in the Arab world.


Dr Duha Al-Kuwari, Visiting Fellow

Duha Al-Kuwari joined the Middle East Centre as a Visiting Fellow in February 2012. Her interests lie in the financial economy of Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries, particularly the GCC stock exchanges and the private sector.


Silvia Colombo, Visiting Researcher

Silvia Colombo joined the MEC to complete her PhD research on the Arab transitions. Silvia has an extensive research experience in the region. Besides working as a research fellow at the Italian International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome, she is a PhD candidate in political science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) in Florence.


Dr Marco Pinfari, Visiting Fellow

Marco Pinfari is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the American University in Cairo and joined the Middle East Centre as Visiting Fellow in September 2012. His work focuses on regional cooperation in the Middle East and on the analysis of democratization processes in the region.


Dr Nadia Mounajjed, Visiting Fellow

Nadia Mounajjed worked as Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah, while serving as the research advisor to the Sharjah Art Foundation between 2007 and 2012. Her research interest lies in body theory, the politics of space, visual culture in the Middle East and the Gulf region, with a special focus on Syria and the UAE.

Saad Jawad

Professor Saad Jawad, Senior Visiting Fellow

Saad Jawad is an Iraqi political scientist who taught at the University of Baghdad for more than 30 years. His interests include Iraqi Kurds, the war in Iraq and its effect on the Middle East and the regional influence of Iraq's neighbours. Professor Jawad's MEC Research Paper examining the Iraqi constitution was published in November 2013.

Kamil Mahdi

Professor Kamil Mahdi, Senior Visiting Fellow

Kamil Mahdi is an economist specialising in agriculture, Iraq and the political economy of oil-exporting countries. Dr Mahdi is a former Senior Lecturer in the Economics of the Middle East at the University of Exeter. He is currently writing a book on the political economy of oil and development in Iraq.


Dr Martin Spraggon-Hernandez, Visiting Fellow

Martin Spraggon-Henandez is Associate Professor of Management at the Department of Management, AUS. He earned his PhD in Strategic Management from HEC Montreal, Canada. He conducts research in the field of strategic management, knowledge and innovation management, new hi-tech ventures, international business and corporate governance. He can be contacted at mhernandez@aus.edu


Dr Virginia Bodolica, Visiting Fellow

Virginia Bodolica is Associate Professor of Management at the Department of Management, AUS. Prior to joining AUS, she has taught in the areas of strategic human resources, compensation management and corporate governance, assumed consulting roles in private and public organizations and delivered customized executive programs for a number of companies in Europe, North America and the Middle East. She can be contacted at vbodolica@aus.edu


Dr Amer A. Moustafa, Visiting Fellow

Amer Moustafa is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah. Dr Moustafa has professional, research, practice and teaching experience in architecture, urban design and planning. His current teaching and research interest focuses on urbanism, city and urban design, the socio-political dimensions of design, and urban transformation and identity in a globalizing world. He can be contacted at amoustafa@aus.edu


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. 


Dr Elizabeth Iskander, Visiting Fellow

Elizabeth Iskander's work focuses on the politics, society and law of the Middle East, with particular reference to Egypt. Her research interests include Arabic media, identity politics, minorities in the Middle East, and the role of religion in politics, conflict and media.