Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair 2020-2021

The Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair will support the development of original research and teaching on the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on political economy, human development, urban policies, environment, comparative study of legislative cycles in the region or health. The Kuwait Chair will have access to 50,000 euros in research funds each year, for either a one or two year period (until 2022), and teach one course each semester at the Paris School of International Affairs.

Visiting Professor, Kuwait Program at Sciences Po, Spring 2020 Semester

Based at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), this position is open to professors and researchers who are full-time faculty members of professorial rank at their home institution. Applicants must have a background in either social sciences or economics, with an interest in the Middle East or Gulf Region. Our ideal candidate will have a research focus on one of the following subjects: political economy, human development, urbanism, environment, comparative study of legislative cycles or health. Candidates on a sabbatical year, or on leave will be preferred. All nationalities may apply.

More information on previous Kuwait Visiting Professors may be found below.

Previous Visiting Professors

Philippe Fargues was the Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for Spring 2019 semester, where he taught a course on International Migration in the Arab World.

He is a Demographer and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI-Florence). He was Founding Director of EUI’s Migration Policy Centre and held senior positions at the National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris and at the American University of Cairo. He has also taught at Harvard and various universities in France, the Middle East and Africa.

His most recent publications include: Migration to the Gulf – Policies in Sending and Receiving Countries (with N. Shah, GRC-Cambridge, 2018), Skillful Survivals – Irregular Migration to the Gulf (with N. Shah, GRC-Cambridge, 2017) and Mass Migration and Uprisings in the Arab countries: An Analytical Framework (International Development Policy, 2017).

Khalid Almezaini was the Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for Spring 2018 semester, where he taught a course on “International Relations of the Gulf States.”

Khalid Almezaini is Research Associate at Cambridge University. For five years, he taught at the Gulf Studies Program, Qatar University (QU). Prior to joining QU, he was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His latest publication (2017) is an edited book with Jean-Marc Rickli entitled “The Small Gulf States: Foreign and Security Policies Before and After the Arab Spring.” He received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Exeter.

Eckart Woertz was 2016-2018 Scientific Advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, and Spring 2014 Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, based at the Paris School of International Affairs. He has taught courses on “Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa” and “Food Security in International Politics: the Middle East and Africa”.

He is a former Senior Researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), former Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, former Director of Economic Studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai, and has previous experience working for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

He is author of Oil for Food, The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach Press 2012). His articles have been published in Globalizations, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Handbook of Oil Politics and other edited volumes. He has been a commentator for international media outlets such as the BBC and Al Arabiya and has contributed to various policy papers.

He has consulted for international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His research interests include food security, energy issues, economic diversification, sovereign wealth funds, and the impact of the global financial crisis on the GCC countries.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt.

Sean Yom was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for Spring 2017 semester, teaching a course on “Foreign Policymaking in the Middle East : Regimes, Interests, and Survival.”

Sean Yom is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University in Philadelphia. His research broadly focuses on authoritarianism, democracy, and development in the Middle East and North Africa. He has published widely on post-colonial state formation, the dynamics of regime durability, and strategic implications for US foreign policy. He is the author of many publications including “From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East” (Columbia University Press, 2015) and “The Government and Politics of the Middle East” (co-edited with with Mark Gasiorowski, 8th ed., Westview Press, 2016). He travels frequently to the Arab world, especially Morocco and Jordan. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard.

Lindsay Benstead was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Fall 2016 semester, teaching a course on “Government and Politics of North Africa”.

Lindsay J. Benstead is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, a Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University, and an Affiliated Scholar in the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and Yale University. She conducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Jordan and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project. Her research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Governance, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and served as a fellow at Yale University and Princeton University.

Daniel Brumberg was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Spring 2016 semester, teaching a course on ‘Dynamics of Change and Conflict in the Middle East’.

Daniel Brumberg is Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University and Special Adviser at  the United States Institute of Peace. Prior to coming to GU, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, a Visiting Fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and a Lecturer at  the University of Chicago’s Social Science Masters Program. Brumberg is the author of Reinventing Khomeini, The Struggle for Reform in Iran (University of Chicago Press), and the Co-Editor (with Dina Shehata) of Conflict, Identity and Reform in the Muslim World: Challenges for US Engagement(USIP Press). The author of numerous articles on political and social change in the Islamic world, Brumberg has served as a consultant to the US Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development. His co-edited volume (with Farideh Farhi) Power and Political Change in Iran (Indiana University Press) is forthcoming. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago, and has lived, studied and worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Hazem Kandil was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Fall 2015 semester, teaching a course on ‘Revolution and Resilience in the Middle East’.

Hazem Kandil is the Cambridge University Lecturer in Political Sociology and Fellow of St Catharine’s College. He studies power relations in revolution and war, focusing on the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America. Following an MA (2004) in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, and an MA (2005) in Political Theory from New York University, he received his PhD (2012) in Political Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt (Verso 2012), Inside the Brotherhood (Polity 2014), and The Power Triangle: Military, Security, and Politics in Regime Change (Oxford University Press). He has published articles on revolution, warfare, and ideology in various academic journals and periodicals. Kandil received the 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize, which funds his current projects on the development of the US war doctrine, and the relationship between conscription and democracy in France and Egypt.

Dina Waked has been the KFAS Assistant Professor in Global Economic and Comparative Law at Sciences Po. She was jointly appointed by the Law School and the Paris School of International Affairs from 2013 to 2015.This position has been made possible with the financial support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

Dina Waked is a Harvard Law School graduate, where she obtained a Doctor of Judicial Sciences degree (SJD) in November 2012. She also holds a Master of Law (LLM) from Harvard Law School, and a Bachelor of Law from Cairo University, Faculty of Law. In addition, she obtained a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Dr Waked’s research is concerned mainly with comparative public enforcement of economic laws in a globalized world. She has focused on global economic transformations of especially developing countries in response to public policy questions, legal enforcement, and various levels of state intervention intertwined with issues of development and growth. At Sciences Po, her research focuses on countries of the Arab world.

She taught several courses at the Undergraduate College (Menton Campus), the Law School and the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).

Robert Springborg was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Fall 2014 semester, teaching a course on ‘The Middle East in the Global Economy’.

Robert Springborg is Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Until October 2013, he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and Program Manager for the Middle East for the Center for Civil-Military Relations. From 2002 until 2008 he held the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he also served as Director of the London Middle East Institute. Before taking up that Chair he was Director of the American Research Center in Egypt. From 1973 until 1999 he taught in Australia, where he was University Professor of Middle East Politics at Macquarie University. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

His publications include Mubarak’s Egypt: Fragmentation of the Political Order; Family Power and Politics in Egypt; Legislative Politics in the Arab World (co-authored with Abdo Baaklini and Guilain Denoeux); Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East first and second editions, (co-authored with Clement M. Henry); Oil and Democracy in Iraq; Development Models in Muslim Contexts: Chinese, ‘Islamic’ and Neo-Liberal Alternatives and several editions of Politics in the Middle East (co-authored with James A. Bill). He co-edited a volume on popular culture and political identity in the Gulf that appeared in 2008. He has published in the leading Middle East journals and was the founder and regular editorialist for The Middle East in London, a monthly journal that commenced publication in 2003. He has worked as a consultant on Middle East governance and politics for the United States Agency for International Development, the US State Department, the UNDP, and various UK government departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defense and the Department for International Development. He has advised various intelligence organizations in the United States. He has served as expert witness in courts in the UK and Australia on criminal, civil and immigration cases.

He is a member and past President (1991) of the Australasian Middle East Studies Association; member of the National Advisory Committee of the Middle East Policy Council, Washington, D.C.; member of the Editorial Board of The Middle East in London; member of the Editorial Board of the LMEI/SOAS Saqi Series on Contemporary Middle East Issues; member of the Board of Trustees of the Committee for British Research in the Levant; member of the Board of the British Society for Middle East Studies; member of the Editorial Board of Foreign Policy Bulletin; Member of the Board of Trustees, Arab-British Chamber of Commerce Foundation; member of the Steering Committee of Il Vicino Oriente; member of the Editorial Board of the Routledge Series on the Political Economy of the Middle East; and member of Phi Beta Kappa Epsilon of Minnesota.

John E. Peterson was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Spring 2014 semester, teaching a course on ‘Political and Social Change in the Arabian Peninsula’.

John Peterson is a historian and political analyst specializing in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He worked at the Library of Congress and has previously taught at the following American institutions: Bowdoin College, the College of William and Mary, the University of Pennsylvania and Portland State University. Dr Peterson has been a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia) and the Middle East Institute (Washington D.C) and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington D.C.). He is affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona and served as the 2004 Sir William Luce Fellow at the University of Durham (UK). Until 1999, he served as the Historian of the Sultan’s Armed Forces in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, and he spent 2000-2001 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Among his many publications are: Saudi Arabia and the Illusion of Gulf Security (2002); Historical Dictionary of Saudi Arabia (2003); Defense and Regional Security in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf States, 1973-2004 (2006); Oman’s Insurgencies: The Sultanate’s Struggle for Supremacy (2007); and Historical Muscat (2007).