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Waleed K. Salem

Graduate Student

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Salem’s work engages two areas of scholarship: law, lawyers, and political change, and oil politics in the Arabic-speaking Gulf states.

In his previous life as a journalist, Waleed, under pen-name Waleed Al-Shobakky, reported for years on developments in higher education and science policy in Arab Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar (where he lived for about seven years).  The pieces that came out of that period were published in Nature, The New Atlantis, The Science and Development Network (,, and, among others.

He hails from an ancient civilization that had a profound fascination with triangular structures.