Annelle Sheline

Research Fellow


Middle East


Middle East


Annelle Sheline is a Research Fellow in the Middle East program at the Quincy Institute and an expert on religious and political authority in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sheline is completing a book manuscript on the strategic use of religious authority in the Arab monarchies since 9/11, focusing on the cases of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman. She has received fellowships from the U.S. government including a Boren Fellowship and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, and the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance.

Sheline was previously the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked as a journalist in Egypt and Yemen. In addition to academic writing, she has written for The Washington PostThe NationForeign Policy, Politico, The National Interest, and The Globe Post, and her analysis has been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Arab Gulf States Institute of Washington, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, and the Baker Institute. Sheline received her doctorate from George Washington University’s department of political science and her bachelor’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School. She is a non-resident fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. She has done field research in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, the U.A.E., Jordan, Morocco, and Egypt, and has advanced proficiency in Arabic, French, and Spanish.

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