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Dr Gillian Kennedy

Gillian KennedyLeverhulme Early Career Fellow

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Gillian Kennedy is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. Her current research focuses on new diaspora networks among British-Egyptians between 2005 and 2015, exploring the connection between diaspora mobilisation and political engagement before and after the Arab Spring.

Gillian completed her PhD in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. She also holds a master’s in International Relations from Dublin City University and a BA in History and Political Science from University College Dublin. Before joining King’s, she worked as a lecturer at Regent’s University London and as a Middle East and North Africa product development analyst for Global Data.

Research interests
  • Islamist Ideologies
  • Egyptian diaspora networks
  • Counterhegemonic contestation in the MENA
  • Social movement theory

From Independence to Revolution: Egyptian Political Islamism and the Contest for Cultural Hegemony (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2017)

“Gramsci’s Factory Councils and Tahrir Square: Egypt’s Passive Revolution,” Mediterranean Politics (forthcoming)

 The Arab Transformations Project: Political and Social Changes in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, European Commission’s FP7 framework (December 2016)

“Fragmented Egyptian Islamism: Contesting Islamist Theories and Practice,” in Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy, edited by Ingrid Mattson, Paul Nesbitt-Larking and Nawaz Tahir (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015)

“Is This the End of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood?” Atlantic Council (16 June 2015)

“Banning the Brotherhood: What next for Egypt’s Islamists?” +972 Mag (11 October 2013)

“Partners in Democracy, Partners in Security: NATO and the Arab Spring,” Open Democracy (April 2012)

“Egyptian Election Results Reflect a Precarious Democratic Transition,” The Atlantic Community (May 2012)

“Egyptian Doctors’ Strike and the Quest for Bread, Freedom and Social Justice,” Jadaliyya (November 2012)

“NATO and the OSCE: Joining Forces to Support the Arab Spring,” The Atlantic Community (March 2012)

“The Transformation of Egyptian Islamists: Genuine Value Pluralism or Democratic Window Dressing,” Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization 1:2 (2011)

“Egypt’s Revolution is Europe’s Reawakening,” The Atlantic Community (February 2011)

“New Arab Landscape: Israel’s Regional Isolation?” The Montreal Review (September 2011)

“Tunisia Success Heralds a Testing Time for Egypt,” The Montreal Review (November 2011)

“Mubarak’s Trial: Arab Authoritarianism on its Knees,” Eurasia Review (August 2011)

“Egypt’s Revolution is Europe’s Reawakening,” The Atlantic Community (February 2011)

“Don’t Be Afraid of Egypt’s Muslim Brothers,” The Atlantic Community (January 2011)

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