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Dr Gillian Kennedy PhD

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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Dr Gillian Kennedy is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton.

Mobilisation of Arab diasporas, Social Movement Theory, Protest Movement MENA

Gillian Kennedy is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2017-2020) and a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Her research focuses on diaspora networks among British-Egyptians, exploring the connection between diaspora mobilisation and political engagement before and after the Arab Spring.

Before joining the University of Southampton in 2020, Gillian completed her PhD in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. Prior to joining the University of Southampton, she worked as a lecturer at King’s College London and Regents University London, while also providing foreign policy analysis for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her book ‘From Independence to Revolution: Egypt’s Islamists and the Contest for Power’, was published by Hurst and Oxford University Press and released in 2017.


Research interests

  • Islamist Ideologies
  • Egyptian diaspora networks
  • Protest Politics
  • Social movement theory
  • Comparative Transnational Repression

MPhil/PhD research: Leverhulme Trust

Research projects: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Research Project: New Diaspora Networks? Changing patterns of political engagement among Egyptians

Research group

International Relations

Affiliate research groups

Comparative Politics, Migration and Membership

Module Co-oridinator, ‘The Struggle for Democracy’

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Room 58/3087

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