Steering Committee

Abdullah Al-Arian Abdullah Al-Arian is an associate professor of History at Georgetown University in Qatar. He received his doctorate in History from Georgetown University, where he wrote his dissertation on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during the decade of the 1970s. He received his Master’s degree in Sociology of Religion from the London School of Economics and his BA in Political Science from Duke University. He is editor of the "Critical Currents in Islam" page on the Jadaliyya e-zine. He is also a frequent contributor to the Al-Jazeera English network and website. His first book, entitled Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.




Sonia AlonsoDr. Sonia Alonso is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Prior to joining the faculty she was a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin (WZB) for ten years, where she also taught post-graduate courses at Humboldt University. Between 1998 and 2004 she did teaching and research in the Universities of Salamanca, Carlos III de Madrid, Oxford (St. Antony’s College), and London (Royal Holloway College). She is the author of two books. The first, Élites y masas: un análisis de la Perestroika y las huelgas mineras (Elites and Masses: An Analysis of Perestroika and the Miners’ Strikes), published by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas; and Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility, published by Oxford University Press. She has also co-edited a volume titled The Future of Representative Democracy, published by Cambridge University Press. In addition to these publications she has authored numerous articles on democratization, party competition and ethnic conflict in Western and Eastern Europe in Party Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Southern European Society and Politics, Comparative European Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, REIS, RECP, REP. She regularly publishes posts in EUROPP LSE , Agenda Pública and InfoLibre

Rory MillerRory Miller is a native of Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate ofTrinity College Dublin (BA, History, 1993), and King's College London (MA War Studies, 1994, PhD, 1998). In 1999 he joined the faculty of the War Studies Department at King's College London and became one of the founding academics within the independent Middle East & Mediterranean Studies Program. In 2009, he became director. His research and teaching focuses on external intervention (EU, US, China, Japan) in the contemporary Middle East; the international history of the Middle East; the politics of small states in the international system; comparative peace processes; political and economic development of regional groupings (EU, GCC, ASEAN); Ireland & the Middle East; private sector development and conflict resolution; and British Middle East policy. He is the author or editor of 8 books including, most recently Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years (Ashgate: 2010) and Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967 (Columbia University Press: 2011 ). He has also published extensively in scholarly and policy journals including Diplomacy & Statecraft, Foreign Affairs, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of Contemporary History, Science & Diplomacy, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

Mohamed ZayaniMohamed Zayani is Professor of Critical Theory at Georgetown University and Director of the Media and Politics Program. He is also an Affiliate Faculty with the Mortara Center for International Studies; an Affiliate Faculty with the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program (STIA); an Affiliate Faculty with the Communication, Culture and Technology Graduate Program (CCT); and Co-Director of the CCT Institute on Media, Technology & Digital Culture. His works include Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age (Oxford University Press, 2018); Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings (Oxford University Press, 2016); Networked Publics and Digital Contention (Oxford University Press, 2015); The Culture of Al Jazeera: Inside an Arab Media Giant (McFarland, 2007); and The Al Jazeera Phenomenon: Critical Perspectives on New Arab Media (Pluto Press, 2005). He is the recipient of numerous grants, most recently from the Social Science Research Council, and has served as a member of the UNESCO Committee of Experts on Media and Cultural Diversity. He is also a Research Fellow with Georgetown University's Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) and a Fellow with the University of British Columbia's Liu Institute for Global Issues.