Current CIS fellows




Mohamed-Ali Adraoui 

Mohamed-Ali Adraoui is a Political Scientist and a Historian of International Relations.

After a PhD at Sciences Po Paris (2011), he has held academic positions at the European University Institute (Max Weber Fellow, 2013-2015) and the National University of Singapore (Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, 2015-2017).

He is now a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the LSE Centre for International Studies after two years at the Edmund A.School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (2017-2019). 

His fields of research have to do with Middle East Politics, Radicalism, Political Islam and the US Foreign Policy. 

He has recently published 'Salafism Goes Global' at Oxford University Press, and is currently working on a book dealing with the history of the US foreign policy towards the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. 

His articles have been published in journals such as: International Affairs, International Politics, Journal of Historical Sociology, Mediterranean Politics and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Email: m.adraoui@lse.ac.uk



Dr Viviane Dittrich

Dr Viviane Dittrich is Deputy Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. She is also Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, she has been Visiting Researcher at iCourts (Centre of Excellence for International Courts), University of Copenhagen.

Dr Dittrich has broad teaching and research experience and has published on the notion of legacy and legacy building at the international criminal tribunals. Drawing on extensive field research, her work comparatively investigates the ICTY, ICTR, SCSL, ECCC, ICC and IMT (Nuremberg). Her research interests lie at the intersections of politics and international law, focusing on international organizations, international criminal law and the politics of memory. After studies in France, England and the United States (Wellesley College) she received an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and a Master's degree from Sciences Po Paris. She holds a PhD from the LSE.

Email: v.dittrich@lse.ac.uk



Dr Mishana Hosseinioun

Dr Mishana Hosseinioun is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics and a Lecturer in International Relations at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford. She is an Academic Affiliate of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and a member of St Antony’s College at Oxford.

She received her BA (Hons) in Rhetoric and Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MPhil (Clarendon Scholar) and DPhil in International Relations from University College at Oxford University. Her research interests span from contentious politics to political psychology. Building upon her monograph, The Human Rights Turn and the Paradox of Progress in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and other publications, her current research projects include: The application of social contract theory in the Middle Eastern context; Diagnosing state psychopathy, split-brain politics, and other ‘disorders’ in international relations.

Dr Hosseinioun’s research and teaching benefit from her work in the field as a practitioner through intimate involvement via her international justice consultancy MH Group in live political cases from Libya to South Korea and Palestine and close dealings with international bodies like the United Nations Human Rights Council, the African Commission and Court on Human Rights, and the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Email: mishana.hosseinioun@ccc.ox.ac.uk



Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan 

Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies (CIS) at the London School of Economics (LSE), an Associate at the LSE’s foreign policy think tank LSE IDEAS, Head of Policy and Engagement at the British Academy of Management (BAM), and a Senior Policy Advisor at the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and its Campaign for Social Science.

Her primary research focuses on the relationship between foreign direct investment and national security from an international relations perspective.  Selected publications in this area include her recent book Balancing Power without Weapons: State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions(Cambridge University Press, 2018) and the article ‘Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Acquisition of Power’ (New Political Economy, 2014). She is currently working on a project examining national security and foreign investment in the digital area, focusing on state-led investments in areas like 5G and artificial intelligence research.

Dr Lenihan’s secondary research looks at the relationship between research and the policymaking process. Selected co-edited books in this area include Sustaining Natural Resources in a Changing Environment (Routledge, 2018) and International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy (Routledge, 2016). Ashley was previously a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States and a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security at Georgetown University.  She began her career as an investment banking analyst (focused on Aerospace and Defense M&A) with Credit Suisse First Boston in London. She received her PhD in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University. 

Email: a.lenihan@lse.ac.uk 



Professor Mark A Pollack

Mark A. Pollack is Professor of Political Science and Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Temple University, where he conducts research on international law, international courts, and the politics of the European Union.  He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the European University Institute in Florence. 

His recent publications include “The Judicial Trilemma” (with Jeffrey Dunoff) in the American Journal of International Law (2017), “International Judicial Practices” (with Dunoff) in the Michigan Journal of International Law (2019), and a special issue (with Mareike Kleine) on “Liberal Intergovernmentalism and Its Critics” (Journal of Common Market Studies, November 2018.  Current projects include a new edited volume (with Dunoff) on International Legal Theories (Cambridge University Press, 2021); and a volume (with Chiara Giorgetti) on Competition, Cooperation, and Cross-Fertilization among International Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Email: mark.pollack@temple.edu



Dr Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds is a law tutor, solicitor, and chartered arbitrator, specialising in international law and dispute resolution. He practised as a lawyer and an arbitrator while undertaking his PhD studies in Law at the LSE part time. Whilst in practice he wrote four practice books and was commissioning editor of a legal journal. He is currently completing research on the resolution of disputes between states in the period 1870-1914. He is particularly interested in the inter-action of the processes of negotiation and settlement in the context of diplomacy and the rule of international law.

His doctoral research at the LSE Law Department discovered a rudimentary form of case management employed by Official Referees (Judges of the High Court) in the resolution of technically complex construction and engineering disputes in the period 1919-70. Following completion of his PhD at the LSE he undertook post-doctoral research at the Socio-Legal Centre, University of Oxford where he was part of a team led by Professor Chris Hodges which examined comparative European arbitration institutions and dispute resolution processes.

Michael is a lecturer on international dispute resolution at a leading professional law school and has supervised doctoral theses at two UK universities. He has also taught most subjects on law undergraduate programmes.

His new book in the process of completion Instruments of Peace-making is due to be published by Hart Publications in March 2021 which he has written as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of International History. That current study looks at the instruments of diplomacy and the processes of negotiation and arbitration that were attempted to prevent war between states taking an interdisciplinary perspective considering the contribution of lawyers and diplomats to the resolution of the particular crisis. Michael’s follow up to that in CIS will be to look deeper at the means by which the key players contributed to an idea of an international rule of law. Michael is a member of the Law Society, the London Court of International Arbitration, Chatham House, the British Institute of Comparative and International Law and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Email: m.p.reynolds@lse.ac.uk