Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed FBA

The history and politics of the Middle East with special reference to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, gender and state, religious transnational connections, Islamist movements.

Elected 2020

Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed brings the disciplines of history and social anthropology to the study of contemporary Saudi Arabia. Her research has explored the interplay between politics and social change, religion and gender in Saudi society, and its impact locally, regionally and internationally. Most recently, she has examined the often contradictory themes of reform and repression, as Saudi leadership seeks to promote itself on the world stage while consolidating its power domestically. Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics, and was previously Professor at Kings College London. A frequent participant in documentaries, debates and discussions on Saudi Arabia in both English and Arabic media, she also acts as an independent advisor to Government, Inter-Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations.

Current post

Middle East Centre, London School of Economics Visiting Professor

Past appointments

Middle East Institute National University of Singapore Visiting Research Professor

2016 - 2017

Open Society Research Fellow

2014 - 2015

Middle East Centre, London School of Economics Visiting Professor

2013 - 2013

King’s College London Professor of Social Anthropology

1995 - 2013

University of Oxford Lecturer in Social Anthropology

1994 - 1995

Nuffield College, University of Oxford Prize Research Fellow

1991 - 1994

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