Jeroen Gunning is Visiting Professor of Middle East Politics and Conflict Studies at the LSE Middle East Center and the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. He has held positions at King’s College London, Durham University, Aberystwyth University and the University of Oxford. With Morten Valbjørn, he is co-director of the research project TOI: ‘Bringing in the Other Islamists - comparing Arab Shia and Sunni Islamism(s) in a sectarianised Middle East’.
His research focuses on political contestation in the Middle East, with a specific focus on the interplay between social movements, religion, electoral politics, repression, violence and structural change. His publications include Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence (Hurst/CUP 2007/2008) and, with Ilan Baron, Why Occupy a Square? People, Protests and Movements in the Egyptian Revolution (Hurst/OUP 2013/14).
Besides the TOI project, he is currently working on two overlapping projects on Hizballah’s evolution and on everyday security and peace practices in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs. He is one of the founders of the field of critical terrorism studies and has taught and advised both policy-makers and civil society organisations.