Directory of Fellows

Dr Walter Armbrust

Dr Walter Armbrust is Hourani Fellow and University Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. He is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests focus on popular culture and mass media in the Middle East. He is the author of Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt, and editor of Mass Mediations: New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond. Dr Armbrust is currently working on a cultural history of the Egyptian cinema.

Dr Laurent Mignon

Dr Laurent Mignon is a Faculty Fellow and University Lecturer in Turkish. His research interests include modern Turkish literature and intellectual history, minority literature, socialist literature, biblical themes in Turkish literature and modern Jewish intellectual history.

He is currently working on the emergence of Judeo-Turkish literature, covering the period between the publication of the first Turkish newspapers in Hebrew script in the 1870s and the 1950s. He also works on an alternative history of modern Turkish literature from the emergence of the Armeno-Turkish novel and Hovsep Vartanyan’s romantic rebellion against tradition and the religious establishment to the poet Asaf Halet Çelebi’s subversion of the nationalist canon in his surrealist mystical verses. His latest book is Ana Metne Taşınan Dipnotlar (Footnotes Moving to the Main Text, 2009).

Professor Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony's College). He also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar), a Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Mundiapolis University (Morocco).

Tariq Ramadan holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars.

Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is also President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels.

Latest books: "Au péril des idées" with Edgar Morin, Presses du Chatelet (March 2014); "Islam and the Arab Awakening" OUP (September 2012); "The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East" Penguin (April 2012); “The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” Penguin (August 2010); “What I believe” OUP USA (Nov 2009); “Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation” OUP USA (Nov 2008).

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Dr Philip Robins

Dr Philip Robins is a Faculty Fellow and University Reader in the Politics of the Middle East. His current research interests include foreign policy analysis, public policymaking and illegal drugs, all with reference to the Middle East, and their wider, comparative context. His recent publications include: The Middle East. A Beginners’ Guide (Oneworld, 2009); A History of Jordan (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Suits & Uniforms. Turkish Foreign Policy Since the Cold War (University of Washington Press, 2003). The expanded Turkish translation of this last work was published by Arkadas in 2009.

Recent publications include 'Turkey's 'double gravity' predicament: the foreign policy of a newly activist power' International Affairs 89: 2 (2013) (pdf file)

Dr Eugene Rogan

Dr Eugene Rogan is Faculty Fellow and University Lecturer in the Modern History of the Middle East. His research focuses on the modern history of the Arab world from the sixteenth century to the present. He is author of The Arabs: A History, and Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850-1921. He is editor of Outside In: On the margins of the modern Middle East; The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (with Avi Shlaim); Agriculture in Egypt from Pharaonic to Modern Times (with Alan Bowman); and Village, Steppe and State: The Social Origins of Modern Jordan (with Tariq Tell). He is editor of the new Cambridge University Press book series, The Contemporary Middle East. He is currently working on a new book entitled The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920, to be published in 2014.

Dr Eugene Rogan is currently on research leave until Michaelmas Term 2013.

Professor Avi Shlaim

Avi Shlaim is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College and a former Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2006.

His main research interest is the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is author of Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (1988); The Politics of Partition (1990 and 1998); War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History (1995); The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2000); Lion of Jordan: King Hussein’s Life in War and Peace (2007); and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations (2009). He is co-editor of The Cold War and the Middle East (1997) and The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (2001, 2nd ed. 2007).

Professor Shlaim is a frequent contributor to the newspapers and commentator on radio and television on Middle Eastern affairs.


Dr Michael Willis

Dr Michael Willis (Centre Director), is H.M. King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies. His research interests focus on the politics, modern history and international relations of the Maghreb. He is author of The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History (1997) and is currently writing a book on the comparative politics of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

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Honorary Fellows

Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan

Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist.

He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony's College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom and Senior Fellow and Centre Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalization and Transnational Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.

He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D, and trained in Neurosurgery/Neuroscience research at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University and Harvard University. He founded the Neurotechnology programme, headed Translational Research and founded the Laboratory for Cellular Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Technology at MGH, Harvard. He was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, has published extensively on Neuroscience research and won several research prizes. These include: The Sir James Spence Prize; The Gibb Prize; The Farquhar-Murray Prize; The American Association of Neurological Surgeon Prize (twice); The Meninger Prize; The Annual Resident Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; The Young Investigator Prize of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; The Annual Fellowship Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

His Geostrategy interests include: Geopolitics of the Middle East; Sustainable National and Global Security; Geopolitics of outer Space and Strategic Technologies; and Global Strategic Cascading Risks.

His Philosophical interests include: Global Justice; Human Dignity and International order; Transcultural Synergy; Philosophy of Human Nature; Philosophy of Sustainable History; History of Ideas; Cellular and Neurochemical Foundations and Predilections of Human Nature and Their Implications for War, Peace and Moral and Political Cooperation.

He has proposed many innovative theories and concepts in Philosophy, Global security, and Geostrategy and published 21 books. He is best known for several Philosophical and analytic works on global politics that include: "Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man"; "Emotional Amoral Egoism"; "Neo-Statecraft and Meta-Geopolitics", "Symbiotic Realism "; "Critical Turning Points in the Middle East: 1915-2015"; "The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies"; "The Meta-Geopolitics of Outer Space"; and "The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West".

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Visiting Fellows, Research Fellows and Senior Associate Members

Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi

Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi is a Research Fellow and co-organiser of the Sudan Programme. He is a social anthropologist whose research interests are economic and social development, sectarian politics, social differentiations, popular culture and oral tradition. He undertook extensive anthropological research in northern Sudan. Among his publications are: Wisdom from the Nile (with F.C.T. Moore), The Oxford Library of African Literature, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1978; Islam in the Modern World (co-editor with D. MacEoin), Croom Helm, 1983; Themes from Northern Sudan, Ithaca Press, 1986; The Diversity of the Muslim Community: Anthropological Essays in Memory of Peter Lienhardt (editor), Ithaca Press, 1987; Disorientations: A society in Flux. Kuwait in the 1950s by Peter Lienhardt (editor), Ithaca Press, 1991; A Special Issue:Al-Tayyib Salih, Seventy Candles, Edebiyart: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literature, (co-editor with Ami Elad-Bouskila) 1991; Shaikhdoms of Eastern Arabia by Peter Lienhardt (editor), Palgrave/St. Antony's College Series, 2001 and Middle East and North African Immigrants in Europe (co-editor with Richard Lawless), Routledge, 2005.

Dr Marwa Daoudy

Dr. Marwa Daoudy is Departmental lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, jointly with the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR). Marwa Daoudy's research is in/on international relations, non-traditional security studies (environmental security, water conflict, climate change) and conflict and peace studies, (negotiation theory, conflict resolution), with a focus on contemporary Middle East politics. She is the author of The Water Divide between Syria, Turkey and Iraq: Negotiation, Security and Power Asymetry (CNRS Editions, 2005) which was awarded the Ernest Lémonon Prize by the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (Institut de France); The Long Road to Damascus: Syria and the Peace Negotiations with Israel (Les Etudes du CERI, 2005). She has also contributed to Hinnebusch & Tur eds. (forthcoming), Turkey-Syria Relations: Between Enmity and Amity, Ashgate Publishers; Tvedt, Hagen & Chapman eds. (2010), The Currents of Power: Water and the New World Order, IB Tauris; Chetail ed. (2009), Lexicon on Post-Conflict and Peace-Building, Oxford University Press. Her articles were published with International Negotiation, The Economics of Peace and Security, Négociations, Water Policy, The World Today, amongst others.

In 2011, Dr. Daoudy received a teaching and research fellowship from Princeton University to join the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as visiting scholar (on research leave from Oxford in 2011-2012). At Princeton, she started working on a book which explores the effectiveness of international peace negotiations by looking at the parties’ interests and the role of third-party mediation, with a special focus on US mediation in the Middle East peace negotiations, Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Dr. Daoudy is a referee for the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, International Negotiation, Politique et Sociétés, the Journal of Human Development, the Journal of Peace Research (JPR), Water Alternatives and others. In parallel to her academic work, she provides strategic advice as senior policy advisor to the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) on the Middle East peace negotiations. She has also collaborated as consultant and advisor for government agencies (France, Sweden, Switzerland), multilateral organisations (European Commission, European Council, International Labour Organisation, UNESCO-World Water Assessment Programme for the World Water Development Report, United Nations Development Programme, UN-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), research centres (Bertelsmann Group for Policy Research), non-governmental organisations (Swedish International Water Institute, Transparency International), and the private sector (Oxford Analytica, finance, legal).

Dr. Daoudy is a frequent contributor to the newspapers and provides regular comments to international media (radio and television) on Middle Eastern politics.


Dr Homa Katouzian

Dr Homa Katouzian is the Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, and Member, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. He received all of his university education in England and has taught, as visitor or permanent staff, at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, and the University of Leeds, Kent at Canterbury, Shiraz, UCLA, UC San Diego and McMaster University. He is editor of Iranian Studies, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, joint editor of the ISIS-Routledge series in Iranian Studies, and on the editorial board of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

His current research interest is in Iranian history and politics, the comparative sociology of Iranian and European history, and modern and classical Persian literature.

He has published both in English and Persian. His recent books in English are, The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran (2009), Sadeq Hedayat: His Works and His Wondrous World (ed., 2008), Iran in the 21st Century: Politics, Economics and Conflict (co-ed. 2008), Iranian History and Politics: The Dialectic of State and Society (paperback, 2007), Sa’di, The Poet of, Life, Love and Compassion (2006), State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergence of the Pahlavis (paperback, 2006), Sadeq Hedayat; The Life and Legend of an Iranian Writer (paperback, 2002), and Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran (second edition, 1999).

Dr Daniel Meier

Dr Daniel Meier is Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College and Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Lebanese Studies. He holds an MA of The Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) of Aix-en-Provence and received his PhD in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. His research addresses borders and boundaries questions in the Middle East, with a focus on South of Lebanon, and try to develop some theoretical aspects in exploring the links between borders and identities.

He was previously visiting researcher at the CEMAM (Centre d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe Moderne) at St Joseph University in Beirut and Associate Researcher at the IFPO (Institut Français du Proche-Orient). He has taught at The Université Libanaise in Beirut (2011), was Lecturer at IHEID in Geneva (2008-2009) and also at the University of Geneva, Humanities Department (2007-2009). He is a Professor of the Master MIM at the University of Venice since 2004 and has taught Methodology at the Technology Department of the University of Hanoi in Vietnam. In 2003, he founded an interdisciplinary journal A contrario ( edited in Switzerland and became its chief editor in 2007.


List of publications (pdf file)