About Us

1
Our Past

We launched in September 2015 in partnership with the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. Since then we have held numerous public lectures, seminars, youth-oriented activities on topics such as politics, economics, culture, and social issues. In addition, we regularly host international scholars for networking and research opportunities. For more information about our past achievements, you can download our annual report here

2
Our Plans

Going forward, we plan to build on our strengths. We intend to foster research output by local and international scholars conducting research on topics relevant to our mission. We will also continue to reach out to the Kuwaiti public and civil society through various activities.

3
Our People

Martin Rosenstock heads the Global Studies Center and is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He previously held appointments at the University of Connecticut and Iowa State University. He holds an MA from Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt, Germany and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Fahed Al-Sumait is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Mass Communication and Media Department. He was previously a Fulbright-Hays Fellow for his work on Arab democratization and a post-doctoral research fellow at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington.

Manal Hosny-Elkady is an Assistant Professor and Chair ofthe Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Before joining GUST, she was an Assistant Professor of French Literature and Culture Studies at the University of Alexandria. She holds a PhD from the University of Alexandria.

Rania Al-Nakib is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on human rights and education for democratic citizenship in Kuwait. She holds an M.S. in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. from Marymount University and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London.

Mohamad Yassine is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science in the Mathematics & Natural Science Department. His technical core expertise is in the cross-cutting area of theoretical and experimental environmental problems in the chemistry, microbiology, and ecology of natural and engineered ecosystems. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, USA.

Mark Balnaves is Professor of Mass Communication in the Mass Communication and Media Department and has professional expertise in journalism and public relations.  He has published 11 books in media related areas, including the Palgrave bestseller 'Media Theories and Approaches: A Global Perspective' and global media overviews published in English with Penguin as well as publishers in French and German.  He holds a PhD from RMIT.
Nele Lenze is a Visiting Assistant Professor at GUST and a Senior Research Fellow at National University of Singapore. She holds a PhD in Middle East Studies and Media Studies from the University of Oslo and obtained her master’s in literature from Freie University Berlin. Her research focuses on the cultural online sphere in the Gulf. Her main research interests include literature published in social media, cultural production online and online participation culture.
Daniel Tavana is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Global Studies Center. He is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He holds degrees from Cambridge University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His research interests include elections, comparative political behavior, and public opinion in the Middle East and North Africa.
Alex Boodrookas is a Visiting Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the Global Studies Center. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. His research interests include migration, political economy, citizenship, and state formation in twentieth-century Kuwait and the Gulf.
Khaledah Burhmah is an intern at the GSC who volunteers in regularly with humanitarian and political organizations. She holds an MA in Politics from Swansea University and a BA in English Language and Literature from The American University of Kuwait. Her research interests include international politics, human rights and global justice, women’s rights and gender equality, Children’s rights, leadership and education, globalization and social policy.
 

Marwa Abozaid is an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was previously a member of Microsoft Learning Program Team in Microsoft Egypt.

 

Jumana Al-Sabti an Administrative Assistant in the Mass Communication and Media Department. She holds a degree in Literature from Kuwait University.

 

Faculty Affiliates

Noreen Abdullah-Khan
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology
PhD in Sociology and Criminology- Middlesex University, London
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Research interests:
- Gender Issues
- Violence
- Victimology
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Social Issues
  Mariam F. Alkazemi
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
PhD in Mass Communication, University of Florida
Mass Communication & Media Department
Research interests:
- Media effects research
- Regulation of Arab media
- Communication technology
- Religion and media
- International communication
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
Associate Professor of Philosophy
PhD in Philosophy, Oxford University
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Research interests:
- Aesthetics
- Non-Western philosophy
- Comparative philosophy
Michael Bourk
Assistant Professor of Communication
PhD in Communication, University of Canberra
Mass Communication and Media Department
Research interests:
- Political Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Science Communication
- Media and Society
- Narrative and Frame analysis
Mauricio Duarte
Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD Hispanic in Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Research interests:
- Transnational Approaches to Literary and Visual Cultures in Latin America.
- Environmental Humanities and Political Ecology.
- Cultural Theory

Angela Gonzalez-Echeverry
Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD Spanish Literature, Arizona State University, Tempe
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
 Research interests:
- Contemporary Colombian Literatures/ Latin America Literatures.
- Memory and Post-Conflict.
- Gender Studies, Citizenship, and Human Rights.
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society

Antonia Toni Jolic
Instructor, Visual Communication
PhD Candidate, Monash Art Design & Architecture – MADA
Mass Communication and Media Department
Research interests:
- Graphic Design
- Social Design
- Design Education
- Design Management
- Art & Design History
Ildiko Kaposi
Assistant Professor of Communication
PhD in Political Science, Central European University
Mass Communication and Media Department
Research interests:
- Digital Media and CitizenParticipation
- Political Communication
- Media Law and Economics
- Post-Communist Media and Democracy
- Gulf Area Studies
Jibril Latif
Instructor of Mass Communications and History of the Middle East  
PhD Communications and Discourse, University of Birmingham
Mass Communication and Media Department
Research interests:
- Discourse Studies
- Islamic Studies
- Media and Society
- Intercultural Communication
- Middle East Area Studies
Kenneth Pak
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
PhD in Philosophy - KU Leuven
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Research interests:
- Religious Pluralism & Inter-faith Dialogue
- Global Ethics
- Meta-ethics
- The Problem of Evil & Divine Hiddenness
- The Meaning of Life
- Islamic Philosophy
Sara Rzayeva
Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD in Development Sociology, Cornell University
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Research interests:
- Agri-food systems
- Rural globalization
- Land use patterns
- Historical approach to capitalist development
- Post-socialist transition