Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf - Professor at GUQ


Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is a Professor of Anthropology and author of Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement (U. of Chicago Press 2009); Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives (Ed.).(University of Pennsylvania Press 2006) and Wanderings (Cornell University Press 2002). She is the editor of 2010 special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Duke University Press). In addition to numerous book chapters and essays, some of her articles appeared in the Sciences, South Atlantic Quarterly, Differences, Anthropology and Humanism, History and Anthropology, Oriental Anthropology, International Migration, Radical Philosophy Review and Anthropology News, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences and Black Renaissance. She was a recipient of Postdoctoral and Senior fellowships at Durham University in the U.K., Brown and Harvard. Her work was supported by Guggenheim Foundation, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Sir William Luce Memorial Fellowship, Andrew Mellon and MIT Center for International Studies and Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center, Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences. Abusharaf's work was also featured in media interviews with NPR, Voice of America, Progressive Radio, Ontario Public TV and more recently Africa and the World Documentary Film Series. She writes on culture and politics, anthropology of gender, human rights, migration and diaspora issues in Sudan, the Gulf, the U.S., Canada and Liverpool, UK.



Abdullah Al-Arian

Abdullah Al-Arian - Associate Professor at GUQ


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. Professor Al-Arian teaches introductory courses on the history of the Middle East, as well as advanced topics courses covering the history of modern Egypt, Islamic social movements, and the history of US policy towards the Middle East.




Alexis Antoniades - Associate Professor at GUQ


Dr. Alexis Antoniades is an associate professor and director of International Economics at Georgetown University in Qatar. A Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, he is an expert on Understanding Global Markets and on the economies of the Gulf countries. Antoniades, previously worked as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was awarded a $1,050,000 research grant (2009-2012) by the Qatar National Research Fund to undertake the first micro-study on the economies of the Gulf countries, and a $867,000 research grant to use social media and analyze sentiment in the Arab World (2014-2017) in collaboration with colleagues from Qatar University. In recognition of his expertise, Princeton University awarded him the Niehaus Fellowship in 2012 – a fellowship given to the most talented scholar on issues of globalization and governance. He then spent the 2012-2013 academic year at Princeton University where he also became a member of the European Union Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.



Amira El-Zein - Associate Professor at GUQ


Amira El-Zein is Associate Professor with Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She is the author of a book of poetry entitled Is This devastation for Me Alone? (2018),Creativity and the Sacred (2016), Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn (Syracuse University Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Culture, Creativity and Exile (Bethesda Maryland, Kitab Publications, 2003). She is also a published poet in Arabic, French, and English. Among her published poetry are The Book of Palm Trees (1990), The Bedouins of Hell (2002) and The Jinn and Other Poems (Arrowsmith, Boston, 2006). She read her poetry at the UN in New York, Paris, London, Washington DC, and Boston. El-Zein is also a translator in Arabic, French, and English. She recently co-translated with Carolyn Forche a book of discussions with Mahmoud Darwish entitled Palestine as Metaphor (summer 2019) from French to English. Among her numerous translations: Les Tarahumaras of Antonin Artaud (from French into Arabic), Malraux par lui-même by Gaeton Picon (from French into Arabic), and a co-translation of the poetry of Mahmud Darwish in Unfortunately it Was Paradise (California University Press, 2006).




Uday Chandra - Assistant Professor at GUQ


Uday Chandra is an Assistant Professor of Government. He received his B.A. in economics from Grinnell College and his PhD in political science from Yale University in 2013. He received the 2013 Sardar Patel Award for writing the best dissertation in a US university on any aspect of modern South Asia. Before coming to Doha, he held a prestigious research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany. His research lies at the intersection between critical agrarian studies, political anthropology, postcolonial theory, and South Asian studies. He is interested in state-society relations, power and resistance, political violence, agrarian change, rural-urban migration, popular religion, and the philosophy of the social sciences. His work has been published or will appear shortly in the Law & Society Review, Social Movement Studies, New Political Science, Critical Sociology, The Journal of Contemporary Asia, Contemporary South Asia, the Indian Economic & Social History Review, and Modern Asian Studies. He has co-edited volumes and journal issues on self-making in modern South Asia, subaltern politics and the state in modern India, caste relations in eastern India, and social movements across rural India today. Volumes on the comparative politics of "populism" and transnational circularities in the Indian Ocean are in the works. 




Mehran Kamrava - Professor at GUQ


Mehran Kamrava is Professor of Government at Georgetown University Qatar. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, A Concise History of Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf (Cornell University Press, 2018); Inside the Arab State (Oxford University Press, 2018); The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead (Yale University Press, 2016); Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015); The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd ed. (University of California Press, 2013); and Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2008). His edited books include The Routledge Handbook of Persian Gulf Politics (2020); The Great Game in West Asia: Iran, Turkey, and the Southern Caucasus (Oxford University Press, 2017); Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2016); Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2015); The Political Economy of the Persian Gulf (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Nuclear Question in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2012); and, The International Politics of the Persian Gulf (Syracuse University Press, 2011). Kamrava is the Series Editor for the "Contemporary Issues in the Middle East" series of Syracuse University Press, and the "Iran and the World" series at Hurst Publishers and Oxford University Press.




Anatol Lieven - Professor at GUQ 


Professor Anatol Lieven’s last position was as chair of international relations and terrorism studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London.. He is also a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His areas of expertise include Islamist terrorism and insurgency; contemporary warfare; US and Western strategy; the countries of the former Soviet Union; and the Greater Middle East, especially Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. His latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country was published in April 2011 by Penguin in the UK and Public Affairs in the US. From 2000-2007 Anatol Lieven worked in Washington DC first as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and then as a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation. During this period he wrote Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (co-authored with John Hulsman, published in September 2006 by Pantheon) and America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (Oxford University Press and Harper Collins, 2004, republished in an updated and expanded new edition, 2012). From 1986 to 1998 he worked as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union (chiefly for The Times), and is author of several books on the latter region, including The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (Yale University Press 1993), Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? (Yale University Press 1998), and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (US Institute of Peace, 1999). The Baltic Revolution won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governor’s Award in 1993.




Rory Miller - Professor at GUQ


Rory Miller is a native of Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA, History, 1993), and King's College London (MA War Studies, 1994, PhD, 1998). He is currently a Professor of Government at Georgetown University in Qatar where he teaches and researches on small state and regional security and theories of external intervention. Prior to that he was a member of the War Studies department and then head of the Middle East Program at King’s College London. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and serves on several advisory boards, including the Foreign Policy Network of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press book series on Intelligence and National Security in Africa and the Middle East. He is the author or editor of 10 books including, most recently, Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers: The Rise of the Arab Gulf (Yale UP: 2016) and The Gulf Crisis: The View from Qatar (HBKU Press, 2018). His next book examines external intervention in state-building and will be published by Cambridge University Press. He has published extensively in academic and policy journals and the international media including Foreign Affairs, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The National Interest, The Wall Street Journal and The Irish Times.



Dr. Yehia Abdel Mobdy Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Arabic

Yehia Mohamed - Associate Professor at GUQ


Dr. Yehia A. Mohamed is an Associate Professor of Arabic at Georgetown University in Qatar. He earned his Ph.D. (2008) in Arabic and Semitic Studies from Cairo University. He has served as a lecturer in Arabic programs at George Washington University, Middle East Institute, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and Georgetown University. Moreover, Dr. Mohamed participated in various projects at Multilingual Solutions and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) based in Washington D.C. He developed courses and taught numerous instructional Arabic skills-based and content-based classes; in addition to developing and conducting proficiency and assessment exams. His research interests cover 3 areas: applied linguistics (language acquisition and error analysis), phonology, and language changes and sociolinguistics. He has published two books on the phonology of Arabic and Semitic languages. Recently, he coauthored Diplomacy Arabic, a reference book from EUP/GUP. Dr. Mohamed has organized many workshops, roundtables, and professional development events at Georgetown University in Qatar throughout the past ten years. He has received numerous grants from the QNRF; the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) as a Primary Faculty Mentor.



Qatar’s rise to the top Georgetown helps turn Qatar into a research hub

Gerd Nonneman - Professor at GUQ


Gerd Nonneman is Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where he served as Dean from 2011 to 2016. He holds a Ph.D in Politics from the University of Exeter, and Licentiates in Oriental Philology (Arabic) and Development Studies from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, he served as Professor of International Relations & Middle East Politics, and Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies, at the University of Exeter, where he also directed the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies and the Centre for Gulf Studies. A former Executive Director of BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), he is Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies. He has published widely (in some 12 books and 50 articles and book chapters) on the politics and international relations of the Middle East, on Muslim communities in Europe and on comparative political and economic liberalization. Aside from his academic work, he has worked in the private sector in the Gulf region, and acted as a consultant to a range of companies, NGOs, governments and international institutions. Among his recent publications are: ‘The Qatar Crisis through the lens of Foreign Policy Analysis’, in Rory Miller (ed.), The Gulf Crisis: the View from Qatar (Doha: HBK University Press (2018), pp. 90-100.'The Heritage Boom in the Gulf: Critical Perspectives', Special Section in Journal of Arabian Studies, Vol. 7, no. 2 (December 2017), (co-edited with Marc Valeri); Ruling Families and Business Elites in the Gulf Monarchies: Ever Closer? (Chatham House, 2016); Al-Mamlaka Al-'arabiyya al-sa'udiyya fi-l-mizan [Saudi Arabia in the Balance] (updated Arabic edition: Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2012); ‘Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States: Elite Politics, Street Protests and Regional Diplomacy’ (Chatham House, 2011); ‘Europe, the US, and the Gulf after the Cold War’, in V. Mauer & D. Möckli (eds.), European-American Relations and the Middle East: From Suez to Iraq (Routledge, 2010); ‘Terrorism and Political Violence in the Middle East and North Africa: Drivers and Limitations’, in A. Siniver (ed.), International Terrorism post 9/11 (Routledge, 2010); ‘Political Reform in the Gulf Monarchies: From Liberalisation to Democratisation? A Comparative Perspective’, in A. Ehteshami & S. Wright (eds.), Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies (Reading: Ithaca Press, 2008); Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs (New York University Press, 2006); 'EU-GCC Relations', (Gulf Research Center, 2006); and Analyzing Middle East Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2005).



Firat Oruc - Assistant Professor at GUQ


Firat Oruc is Assistant Professor of World Literature at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. His research and teaching specialties center on the multidisciplinary intersections of modern world literature, postcolonial global literatures, cultural and literary studies of the Middle East, translation studies, and world cinema. Oruc’s scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed journals English Language Notes, Criticism,Postcolonial Text, Journal of World Literature, HAWWA: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, and Comparative Literature Studies. He is also editor of a book, Sites of Pluralism: Community Politics in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019), which examines the concept of pluralism in the Middle East as a site of negotiation and contestation for state-communities relations. He is currently working on two book projects: one on translation and national identity in Turkey, and the other on the history of cinema in the Arabian Peninsula. Before joining Georgetown-Qatar, he taught in the Comparative Literary Studies program at Northwestern University (2011-2013) and the departments of English and Comparative Literature at University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2011). Oruc was born in Mardin, Turkey, and holds degrees from Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University (B.A.), State University of New York (M.A.), and Duke University (Ph.D.).



Danyel Reiche - Visiting Associate Professor at GUQ


Dr Danyel Reiche joined Georgetown University Qatar in summer 2020 as a Visiting Associate Professor. It is the second time he is joining GU, after being a Visiting Assistant Professor at the main campus in Washington D.C. in 2006-2007. He is on leave from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Politics. Dr Reiche graduated with distinction from Leibniz University in Germany. His past research has focused on two areas: energy as well as sport policy and politics, with the latter his recent priority. Professor Reiche published Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games in 2016 with Routledge. His proposed WISE model to explain sporting success received positive reviews in academic journals and extensive media coverage. For example, CNN host Fareed Zakaria referenced the book in his weekly Washington Post column. Professor Reiche also edited with Tamir Sorek (University of Florida) a volume entitled Sport, Politics and Society in the Middle East, which was published in 2019 with Hurst/Oxford University Press.



Dr. Ayman Shabana

Ayman Shabana - Associate Research Professor at GUQ


Dr. Ayman Shabana is Associate Research Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, his MA from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and his BA from al-Azhar University in Egypt. His teaching and research interests include Islamic legal and intellectual history, Islamic law and ethics, human rights, and bioethics. He is the director of the Islamic Bioethics Project, which has been supported by three consecutive grants from Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Program. In 2012 he received the Research Excellence Award at the Qatar Annual Research Forum and during the academic year 2013-2014 he was a visiting research fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Custom in Islamic Law and Legal Theory in addition to several academic journal articles, which appeared in Islamic Law and Society, Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, Religion Compass, and Medicine Health Care and Philosophy.




Sohaira Siddiqui - Associate Professor at GUQ


Sohaira Siddiqui is an Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Her work focuses on the relationship between law, theology and political thought in classical Islam; Islamic law during British colonization; Islamic law in contemporary Muslim societies; and secularism and modernity in relation to Muslims in the West. She received her doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. Most recently, she is the author of Law and Politics Under the 'Abbasids: An Intellectual Portrait of al-Juwayni (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Locating the Shari'a: Legal Fluidity in Theory, History and Practice (Brill, 2019). She has also published numerous articles in Islamic Law and Society, Journal of Islamic Studies, Journal of the American Oriental Society, and Middle East Law and Governance. She serves as one of the series editors for Mohr Siebeck's Sapientia Islamica: Studies in Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Mysticism, and as an Editor for Harvard Law School's SHARIAsource. She has held fellowships at Cambridge University, Tubingen University and Harvard Law School.  She is currently focusing on two research projects. The first is a critical edition, translation and and commentary of al-Juwayni's treatise entitled, Kitab al-Ijtihad, one of the earliest extant treatises discussing the juristic debate regarding the ontological multiplicity of truth. The second is on the juridical thought of the first Muslim judges to serve on the High Courts in British India during the 17th and 18th centuries. The project aims to analyze the changing dynamics of the Hanafi legal school after the promulgation of Anglo-Muhammadan law and the participation of Muslims in the adjudicative process.




Dr. Amira Sonbol

Amira Sonbol - Professor at GUQ


Amira Sonbol specializes in the history of modern Egypt, Islamic history and law, women, gender and Islam and is the author of several books including The New Mamluks:Egyptian Society and Modern Feudalism; Women, the Family and Divorce Laws in Islamic History; The Creation of a Medical Profession in Egypt: 1800-1922; The Memoirs of Abbas Hilmi II: Sovereign of Egypt; Women of the Jordan: Islam, Labor and Law; Beyond the Exotic:Muslim Women's Histories. Professor Sonbol is Editor-in-Chief of HAWWA: the Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World published by E.J. Brill and Co-Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, a quarterly journal co-published with Selly Oak Colleges (UK). She teaches courses on the History of Modern Egypt, Women and Law, and Islamic Civilization.




Karine Walther - Associate Professor at GUQ


Karine Walther is an Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University in Qatar. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, a Maîtrise and Licence in sociology from the University of Paris VIII and a BA from the American Studies Honors Program at the University of Texas, Austin. She is currently working on her second book: Spreading the Faith: American Missionaries, ARAMCO and the Birth of the US-Saudi Special Relationship, 1890-1955, forthcoming with University of North Carolina Press in 2019. Her first book, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921 was published by UNC Press in August of 2015. Reviews of Sacred Interests can be found in the Times Literary Supplement, Diplomatic History, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History and several other academic journals. Before joining Georgetown, Karine served as a visiting professor at Middlebury College, a postdoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.




Mohamed Zayani - Professor at GUQ


Mohamed Zayani is Professor of Critical Theory at Georgetown University, Director of the Media and Politics Program and Co-Director of the CCT Institute on Media, Technology & Digital Culture. He is also Affiliate Faculty with the Mortara Center for International Studies; the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program (STIA); and the Communication, Culture and Technology Graduate Program (CCT). 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).