Rana AlMutawa


St. Antony's College


DPhil in Oriental Studies (Modern Middle Eastern Studies)



Educational Background:

2012- 2014: Master's in Social Affairs and Public Policy (focus on education) from Columbia University and Tokyo 

2014- 2017: Instructor and researcher at Zayed University in Dubai

Research Interests:

Currently researching how Dubai's citizens and residents form place-attachments, belonging and community in the city, and particularly within its so-called "glitzy" and "consumerist" spaces. Other research interests include culture and society in the Gulf; urban ethnography; nationalism and ethnic diversity in the Gulf; education in the Gulf; gender and feminism in the Gulf.

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:


- "Women's Rights in the UAE: Progress Continues, but Conversation 'Should not End', says Academic,” The National, UAE (May 2018)


- “On the Question of Monolithic National Narratives in the Gulf and Notions of Authenticity,” Sijal Website, (April 2018)


- “Women and Restrictive Campus Environments in the UAE: Public Universities vs. International Branch Campuses,” Gulf Affairs: Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies, Spring 2017


- “National Dress in the UAE: Constructions of Authenticity.” New Middle Eastern Studies, 6 (2016)


- “Monolithic Representations and Orientalist Credence in the UAE.” Gulf Affairs: Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies, Autumn 2016


- “Awareness of Emirati Women's Economic Roles Before the Oil Boom: Changing Perceptions of Gender Roles?” Inquiries Journal 8(10), 2016


- LSE Middle East Center, London (October 2018): Presented a paper with the title: "Monolithic Representations of 'Arab-ness': From the Arab Nationalists to the UAE"

- NYUAD, Abu Dhabi (March 2017):“Varieties of Emirati Womanhood” workshop- presented a paper on the domestic and private forms of feminism in the Gulf and was part of a panel on women’s right in the UAE

- National University of Singapore, Singapore (Dec. 2017): “Beyond Bedouin and Bania: Arabia-South Asia Relations” workshop - presented a paper on the Indian Ocean connections to the Gulf and the Arabization of the region

- Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge (Aug. 2017): Presented a research paper on female perceptions of female leadership in the UAE

- Comparative and International Education Society, Vancouver (March 2016): Presented a research paper on Emiratis’ awareness of women’s economic roles pre-oil

Rana AlMutawa