Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Student Spotlight: Robyn Morse

Fri, September 28, 2018
Student Spotlight: Robyn Morse
For the 2018-2019 academic year,  Robyn Morse was selected by The Strauss Center as one of the Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows! This prestigious fellowship culminates in a mentor-guided research project. Robyn will be focusing on the Persian Gulf and the relationship between religion and politics in the modern nation-state. Given her interests, she will work under the Center’s State Fragility program with the guidance of Program Director Ashley Moran. After the completion of her degree, she plans to continue her education in a history doctoral program to deepen her understanding of the political and religious factors governing the Middle East.


Robyn Morse, the MESGSA President, is a third-year Master’s student in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Dual Language (Arabic and Persian) Track. Her research interests include nationalism, Shi’ism in the Gulf and the broader region, Arabic and Persian language, and the development of the modern nation-state in the Middle East. She presented her paper entitled “Returning from Exile: The Politics of the Shi’a in Saudi Arabia” where she focused on the nexus of minority politics, government engagement, and diaspora opposition movements. More specifically, her research examined how the Shi’i opposition began to reconsider their participation in the Saudi state pre-2008.
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