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Ferdinand Eibl is programme director of the MA Politics and Economics of the Middle East. He completed his PhD in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He also holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Political Science from the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the IEP Rennes. Before joining King’s College London, he was a research officer at the London School of Economics Middle East Centre. 

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  • Political economy of distributive politics
  • Social policies in the MENA region
  • Crony capitalism
  • Civil-military relations and coups

Ferdinand’s research focuses on the political economy of authoritarian rule in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), particularly in the areas of distributive politics, crony capitalism, and the political economy of civil-military relations. His first book, Social Dictatorships: The Political Economy of the Welfare State in the Middle East, was published with Oxford University Press. His articles have been published in the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the European Political Science Review, and the Journal of North African Studies, amongst others.

His regional expertise is North Africa, in particular Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. 


PhD Supervision

Ferdinand is interested in supervising on the following topics:

  • Distributive politics in the Global South (particularly the Middle East)
  • Civil-military relations and coups
  • State-business relations and crony capitalism
  • The political economy of natural resources
  • Social policies in the Middle East