Valeria Ruggiu (2018-2019)

Valeria holds a BA in International and Diplomatic Relations (Asia & Africa) from “L’Orientale”, University of Naples, an MA in International Relations from the University of Cagliari, and an MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter. She completed with honour her Doctorate in History, Cultural Heritage and International Studies at the University of Cagliari, Italy, in April 2017, with a thesis titled: “State and Society between links and disconnections: Identity, Power and Tribal Dynamics in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”. Valeria worked as the Director of the Near East and North Africa Programme for the Institute of Higher Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG, Rome) from 2015 until 2017. She has experience of traineeships in Jordan at the Center for Strategic Studies (2011), at the Italian Embassy (2011), and at the Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (2014). She is a Contracted Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology of the Islamic Civilisation at University Niccolò Cusano, Rome, since 2016. She published various contributions in peer-reviewed journals, online publications, and articles in edited volumes. Valeria conducted extensive fieldwork in Jordan using Universities as focus model of broader dynamics regarding both Democratisation and Tribalism. Her research interests include Tribalism, Border studies, Politics of Identity and State-Formation in the MENA region, focusing in particular on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.