Annelle Sheline, Ph.D.

Rice University

Address: Rice University

City: Houston, Texas

Country: United States

About Me:

Annelle Sheline, Ph.D., is the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow, jointly appointed by the Baker Institute’s Center for the Middle East and the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. Her commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Turkish Policy Quarterly, and she has been cited by The Atlantic and appeared on TRT World. Sheline received her doctorate and master’s degree from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Research Interests

Middle East & North African Politics

Religion & Politics

Conflict Processes & War

Foreign Policy

Political Violence



Islamist Movements


Countering Violent Extremism

Religiously-motivated Political Action

Arab Gulf States

Countries of Interest




Saudi Arabia


My Research:

Annelle's research focuses on religious authority in the Middle East. She examines how Middle Eastern regimes try to “brand" Islam in a way that serves their domestic and international political agendas, focusing on the monarchies of Morocco, Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia.