Dr. Mai Yamani
Dr. Mai Yamani
Independent scholar, author and broadcaster.

Independent scholar, author and broadcaster.

 
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Biography

Dr. Mai Yamani was born in Cairo in 1956 to an Iraqi mother from Mosul and a Hijazi father from Mecca. Her paternal grandfathers came from Yemen. Her early education included schooling in Baghdad, Jeddah, and Lausanne. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania and her M.St. and D.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. She started her career as a university lecturer in Saudi Arabia and moved on to become a scholar at leading international think tanks in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

Books

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Academic & Policy Papers

'Saudi Youth: The Illusion of Transnational Freedom', Contemporary Arab Affairs, Routledge, 2010

'From Fragility to Stability: A Survival Strategy for the Saudi Monarchy', Contemporary Arab Affairs, Routledge, 2009

'The Two Faces of Saudi Arabia', Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2008

'The Latent Arab Democratic Revolution', The Middle East and North Africa, Routledge, 2007

'Mecca: Islam’s Cosmopolitan Heart', Open Democracy, 2006

Awards

Arabian Business, Special Report: The Worlds Most Influential Arabs, 2009


Nominated as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Arabs, 2006

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Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Visiting Senior Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015-2017

Editorial Board Member, Journal of International Affairs, 2011-2015

Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Centre, 2008-2009

Policy Fellow, Brookings Institute, 2007-2008

Research Fellow, Middle East Programme, Chatham House, 1997-2007

Education

D. Phil Social Anthropology, Somerville College, Oxford University, 1984-1989

MA Social Anthropology, Somerville College, Oxford University, 1980-1982

BA Anthropology: Honours and summa cum laude, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, 1975-1979

Languages

Arabic, English, French, Spanish (fluent)

Italian, Hebrew, Persian (working knowledge)