Maria Gloria Polimeno



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Department: College of Social and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: IAIS Middle East Politics

I joined the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in 2017 after a long formation between the Middle East and North Africa and London. Before moving to the United Kingdom, I extensively travelled the region from Tunisia to Kurdish border in Syria integrating the education in Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt. In 2012 and in the middle of the political vacuum and transition, due to a national postgraduate scolarship offered by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs I moved to Cairo. The empirical observations and socio-political tensions in a moment of  political transition and social chaos, as Egypt was in 2011-2012, directly influenced the trajectories of my research studies and shaped the areas of interest. 

I hold research positions and appointments at the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS as Academic Visitor between the second half of 2012 and 2013 and again as Research Scholar between January and March 2017. After SOAS, I was appointed Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London where I also initiated my MPhil studies. 

As part of my wider activities, I am member in the ECPR standing groups 'Religion and Politics' and 'Political Violence'. I additionally served as Peer-Reviewer for the Journal of Terrorism and Research in articles covering the MENA region. As part of my non-academic activity, I was appointed Middle East North Africa Specialist for the Chevening, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.