Program Coordinator

The MSc in Sex, Gender, and Violence: Critical Approaches is coordinated by Dr Luisa Gandolfo.

Luisa completed her doctoral studies in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter (2008), and her thesis analysed the formation and sustenance of identity in the Palestinian diaspora community of Jordan.

Subsequently, she conducted research on expressions of nationalism and gender and political activism within the Arabic blogosphere and social networks under the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), at Durham University.

Luisa held the Al Tajir lectureship in post-war recovery studies at the University of York, where she engaged in research exploring the role of art and culture in social change in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.

She is also the author of Palestinians in Jordan: The Politics of Identity (2012) and has published articles and chapters on gender, memory and activism in West Asia and North Africa.