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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Trinity College



I am a third-year PhD student working on nationalist pro-state movements in autocracies, focusing on contemporary politics and the modern history of Saudi Arabia. My research methods include interviews in Arabic, an analysis of Saudi Twitter data, and archival work, including digitization of previously untapped Saudi cultural magazines and newspapers for quantitative text-as-data analysis, using various computational methods.


Key publications: 


Ideology, Organization, and Path Dependency: The Use of Violence among Egyptian Islamist Movements.” Politics, 2023.  

Forthcoming: “Neo-Ottomanism in Saudi Arabia: Domestic nationalist identity mobilization amid foreign policy discourses.” The Middle East Journal, Vol. 77

Conditionally Accepted: ‘The Pandemic Was a Global Exam, and Our Country Came In First’ – Autocratic Performance Legitimacy in Saudi ArabiaPerspectives on Politics

Book review: “Saudi Arabia: The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia” by Madawi Al-Rasheed. The Middle East Journal, Volume 75, Number 4, Winter 2021/22, pp. 611-612

Thesis Title: To the rescue of the nation: Nationalist grassroots mobilization and autocratic legitimation in Saudi Arabia
Supervisor: Dr. Glen Rangwala

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Twitter: @BrunoFeuerheerd