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

Fahed Al-Sumait heads the Global Studies Center and is an Assistant Professor and Department Coordinator in the Mass Communication and Media Department. He is also the President of the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) through the Middle East Studies Association and was previously a Fulbright-Hays Fellow for his work on Arab democratization. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington.

Martin Rosenstock 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.

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.

Nele Lenze is an Assistant Professor in the Mass Communication and Media Department. 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.
Kristoffer Holt is Associate Professor in in the Mass Communication and Media Department. His field of research includes alternative media, media and religion, media ethics, media criticism as well as political communication and participatory and citizen media. Dr. Holt has a Doctoral degree in Cultural Studies from Linköping University, Sweden.
Shahd Alshammari is an Assistant Professor of English Literature. Her research interests include madness and disability in fiction and the Middle East, Victorian literature, and critical race theory. Her book 'Literary Madness in British, Postcolonial, and Bedouin Women's Writing' was released in 2016. She is the International Editor of the journal Considering Disability. She holds a PhD from the University of Kent, England.
 

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

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
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
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
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.
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
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
Associate Professor of Philosophy
PhD in Philosophy, Oxford University
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Research interests:
- Aesthetics
- Non-Western philosophy
- Comparative philosophy