Dr Courtney  Freer

Dr Courtney Freer

Visiting Fellow

Middle East Centre

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Key Expertise
Middle East

About me

Courtney is Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Courtney was Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. From 2015-2020, Courtney was a Research Officer for the Kuwait Programme at the LSE Middle East Centre.

Her work focuses on the domestic politics of the Gulf states, particularly the roles played by Islamism and tribalism. Her book Rentier Islamism: The Influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gulf Monarchies, based on her DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford and published by Oxford University Press in 2018, examines the socio-political role played by Muslim Brotherhood groups in Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. She previously worked at the Brookings Doha Center and the US–Saudi Arabian Business Council. Courtney holds a BA from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the George Washington University.


Expertise Details

Gulf Cooperation Council; Bahrain; Kuwait; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; UAE; political Islam; Muslim Brotherhood; salafism; tribalism