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Institute Director
Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison)

Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies.

Academic Staff
Emeritus Professor Dionisius A. Agius FBA

Al Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture

Dr Omar Ashour

Senior Lecturer

Dr Michael Axworthy

Senior Lecturer

Dr Mustafa Baig

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Dr Claire Beaugrand

Lecturer in Sociology of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

Dr Billie Jeanne Brownlee

Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Dr John P. Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture

Emeritus Professor Rasheed El-Enany

Professor Emeritus

Dr Giorgia Ferrari


Associate Professor William Gallois

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History, Director of Research

Dr Eleanor Gao

Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics

Associate Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer

Associate Professor in Ethno-Politics

Professor Robert Gleave

Professor of Arabic Studies

Emeritus Professor Richard Hitchcock

Professor Emeritus

Professor Timothy Insoll

Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology

Dr István Kristó-Nagy

Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Mr Ali Mossadegh

Lecturer in Persian Language

Dr Katie Natanel

Lecturer in Gender Studies

Emeritus Professor Ian Netton

Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Professor Tim Niblock

Professor Emeritus

Ms Abla Oudeh Mahmoud


Dr Burcu Ozturk

Lecturer in Turkish Language

Professor Ilan Pappé

Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies.

Dr Christina Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Literature and Media

Dr Ross Porter


Ms Fatima Rawan

Lecturer in Arabic Language

Associate Professor Sajjad Rizvi

Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Islamic Studies

Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel

Senior Lecturer in Ethnopolitics

Dr Emily Selove

Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature

Professor Gareth Stansfield

Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies, Professor of Middle East Politics, Director for the Centre of Kurdish Studies

Dr Lise Storm

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Director of Education

Dr Suha Taji-Farouki

Senior Lecturer in Modern Islam

Associate Professor Marc Valeri

Associate Professor in Political Economy of the Middle East, Director - Centre for Gulf Studies, College Director of Postgraduate Research

Research Staff
Dr Paul Gledhill

Research Fellow on LAWALISI Project

Dr Nadia Khalaf

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab

Research Fellow in Palestine Studies

Professional Services Staff
Tom Allen

SSIS Student Recruitment Administrator

Melissa Barrett

Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Assistant

Mrs Gemma Bartlett

Strategic Marketing Campaign Manager

Kate Blackmore

Outreach Officer- Communications & Corporate Affairs

Leo Leandro Rodrigues

Project and Web Development Manager (MESnet)

Sarah Lucas

Communications and Marketing Officer

Eleanor Monger

Student Recruitment and Admissions Manager

Ramona Nash

IAIS Manager

Miss Julia Paci

Employability and Outreach Manager

Emma Reeve

Head of Communications and Marketing

Sarah Roberts


James Smith

Business Partner, International Partnerships

Jane Tanner

Web Marketing Officer (Web Team)

Rebecca Thomson


Visiting Professors
Professor Said Faiq

Visiting Professor

Professor Gerd Nonneman

Visiting Professor

Honorary Research Fellows
Dr Noor al-Qasimi

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Paul Auchterlonie

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul

Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Herman Bell

Professor, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Li Bingzhong

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Farangis Ghaderi

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Elaine M Goodwin

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Syahrul Hidayat

Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Mohammed Ihsan

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Julian Jansen Van Rensburg

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Ghada Karmi

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Ghassan Khatib

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Basoeki Koesasi

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Simon Laws

Honorary Research Fellow

Jane Lewisohn

Honorary Associate Research Fellow

Mr Leslie McLoughlin

Honorary Research Fellow

Sejad Mekic

Dr Sami Miaari

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Farah Mohammad

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Harriet Nash

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr James Onley

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Francis Owtram

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Kelsey Shanks

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Christopher Ward

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Norbert Weismann

Honorary Research Fellow

PhD Students

Mohammad Affan PhD student
Abdullah Alharbi PhD student
Mehrdad Ali Poor Kalaei PhD student
Clive Brown PhD student
Karwan Kurdi PhD student
Monica Ronchi PhD student
Irwan Saidin PhD student