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Courtney  Freer

Courtney Freer

Senior Fellow, CSLR; Visiting Assistant Professor, Emory College

Areas of Expertise

Religion, Islamism, and politics of the Arab Gulf states

Curriculum Vitae

    Courtney Freer joins Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion as a Senior Fellow after serving as Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since 2015. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies) Department at Emory University.

    Her academic work focuses on the domestic politics of the Arab Gulf states, particularly the political role of religion, and Islamism more broadly. She received her DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 2015, having written a thesis examining the socio-political role played by Muslim Brotherhood groups in Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The findings of this work were published by Oxford University Press in 2018 as Rentier Islamism: The Influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gulf Monarchies. She previously worked at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council in Washington, DC, and holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from The George Washington University.