Section: Staff Profiles
I joined PIR as a lecturer in May 2011. For three years prior to that I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), University of Edinburgh. As of September 2012 I am acting joint director of CASAW.
My research interests include political Islam, the role of ideas in foreign policy and international relations, state-society relations and the links between social and normative change in Middle Eastern regional politics.
PhD, International Relations (London School of Economics)
MA, Arab Studies (Georgetown University)
MA (Hons), Arabic (University of Edinburgh)
Recent and forthcoming publications
Ewan Stein and Elisabeth Kendall eds., Rethinking Jihad, London: IB Tauris (2013)
"Beyond Arabism vs. sovereignty: relocating ideas in the international relations of the Middle East," Review of International Studies. Volume 38 Issue 4 (October 2012).
"The Camp David Consensus: Ideas, Intellectuals and the Division of Labour in Egypt’s Foreign Policy toward Israel,” International Studies Quarterly. Volume 55 Issue 3 (September 2011).
"An Uncivil Partnership: Egypt’s Jama’a Islamiyya and the State after the Jihad,” Third World Quarterly. Volume 33 Issue 5 (June 2011).
“What Does the Gama’a Islamiyya Want Now?” Middle East Report, 254 (Spring 2010).
"Revolutionary Egypt: Promises and Perils" in Nicholas Kitchen ed., After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East, LSE IDEAS Special Report (2012).
"The Gama'a Islamiyya: from Impasse to Opportunity", in Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing eds., The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest and Social Change in Egypt, 1999-2011. London: Verso (2012).
With W.J Dorman, 'The Social Politics of Islamists between Informal Cairo and the State' in Michelangelo Guida and Bezen Coskun eds., Informal Politics in the Middle East. Zirve University Middle Eastern Strategic Research Centre (Forthcoming, 2012)
With Elisabeth Kendall, 'Introduction' in Ewan Stein and Elisabeth Kendall eds., Rethinking Jihad, London: IB Tauris (Forthcoming 2013)
"Calling Time on the January Revolution?", Open Democracy, 3 June 2011 (http://www.opendemocracy.net/ewan-stein/calling-time-on-january-revolution)
"The Egyptian Revolution and Israel: the Sum of all Fears?", Leviathan. Vol. 1 Issue 2 (2011)
“Yusuf Qaradawi’s Jihad”, The Guardian, 17 August 2009.
Review of Jonathan Cook, Israel and the Clash of Civilisations, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, August 2009.
I have a broad research interest in examining and theorising sources of societal agency in the politics and international relations of the Middle East. This builds on previous research on the role of intellectuals and social movements in Egyptian foreign policy toward Israel, and of Islamist groups in challenging and bolstering authoritarianism in Egypt; work historicising and contextualising ‘jihad’ as a socio-political phenomenon and research on the role of norms and identity in the International Relations of the Middle East.
Since 2009 I have coordinated the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) research network on Resistance, Representation and Identity. I am currently editing a special issue of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, to be published in 2014, on the subject of 'Intellectuals in the Middle East,' which will showcase the work of this network.
As of April 2012, I am joint co-ordinator, with Dr Frederic Volpi of St. Andrews University, of a research network entitled 'People Power and State Power', which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW). The network seeks to build an innovative interdisciplinary research agenda on political and religious dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa.
Much of my research is oriented toward challenging often implicitly asserted dichotomies of modernity and tradition in the region, whereby outward-facing ‘modern’ states confront inward-looking ‘pre-modern’ societies. This forms the basis of a two-year British Academy and Carnegie Trust-funded research project on ‘Ideas, Social Change, and International Relations in the Middle East' . I explore and seek to theorise dynamics of modernity and ‘statism’ among societal movements. I examine the role they play in the changing ideological characters of states, in the formation of foreign policy and in the construction of regional norms.
I am interested in supervising PhD projects in any area of Middle Eastern politics or international relations, particularly topics related to Egypt, political Islam, foreign policy and the role of ideas.
If you are interested in being supervised by Ewan Stein, please see the links below for more information:
This page was published on 15 May 2013