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Press Office

Middle East and International Relations

Below a snapshot of some of our researchers with expertise on the Middle East and in the field of international relations.

For specific questions or to get in touch with a researcher not listed on this page, please call the UvA Press Office on +31 (0)20 525 2695 or send an email to

Paul Aarts - AISSR
Credits: UvA

Paul Aarts

Paul Aarts carries out research on the Middle East, Islam and the Arab Spring.


drs. P.W.H. (Paul) Aarts

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Kiki Brölman
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Dr Catherine Brölmann

Catherine Brölmann carries out research into general public international law, law of international organisation(s), international rule of law, rule-making processes, interaction between national and international legal order, theory of international law, law of treaties, collective human rights, international law and governance of natural resources.

T: +31 (0)20 525 2705/2632

mr. dr. C.M. (Catherine) Brölmann

Faculty of Law

Public International Law

B.M. Burgoon
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Brian Burgoon

Brian Burgoon is professor of International and Comparative Political Economy. His areas of expertise are economic globalisation, immigration and international conflicts.

T: +31 (0)20 525 3189/2262

Prof. B.M. (Brian) Burgoon

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

M.M. Leezenberg
Credits: Michiel Leezenberg

Dr Michiel Leezenberg

Michiel Leezenberg carries out research into the emergence of national languages in the Ottoman Empire and role of the humanities in the formation of national identities. In addition, he specialises in the Islam and the Kurdish question.

T: +31 (0)20 525 4869

dr. M.M. (Michiel) Leezenberg

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Philosophical Tradition in Context

prof. E. (Ellen) Rutten
Credits: Ellen Rutten

Prof. Ellen Rutten

Ellen Rutten is professor of Literature, with a focus on Slavonic literature and culture. Her research focuses on literature, image and social media in and regarding Eastern Europe.

T: +31 (0)20 525 5518

prof. dr. E. (Ellen) Rutten

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Slavische talen en culturen

Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Dr Niek Pas

Niek Pas is an historian. His main area of expertise is French politics and culture during the 19th and 20th century. His is currently doing research on developments taking place in France under the leadership of president Emmanuel Macron and on the postcolonial history of Algeria.

T: +31 (0)20 525 44 52/64

dr. N.G. (Niek) Pas

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

Robbert Woltering / FGw
Credits: Bob Bronshoff

Dr Robbert Woltering

Robbert Woltering conducts research on the image the West and Europe have in today’s Arabic-speaking world, the public debate held in the Arab states, political movements in the Middle East and political Islam. His regional specialism is Egypt.

T: +31 (0)20 525 4685

dr. R.A.F.L. (Robbert) Woltering

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Semitische talen en culturen