Annelle Sheline

Annelle Sheline



Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — International Relations

Annelle's dissertation focuses on efforts by Arab regimes to use state control of religious institutions as a form of power maintenance. Based on nine months of ethnographic and archival fieldwork in three Arab monarchies, the research contributes to ongoing efforts within political science to more thoroughly theorize the role of religion in politics. 

Current Research

Comparative politics of the Middle East, international political economy, Islamism, nationalism, political memory


B.A. New York University, 2008
M.A. George Washington University, 2015
Ph.D. George Washington University, expected 2017


Academic Publications:

Sheline, Annelle. "Ibadism and the Tradition of Tolerance in Oman." Studies on Ibadism and Oman. Vol. 12 (Summer 2017).

Policy Publications:
Middle East Regimes are Using ‘Moderate’ Islam to Stay in Power.” The Washington Post – Monkey Cage. March 1, 2017.

Calling Yemen a Proxy War is an Oversimplification,” Turkish Policy Quarterly, June 12, 2015.


Office Hours

By Appointment

Classes Taught

Annelle is the Research Instructor and Director of the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program for 2017-2018. Trained as a Writing in the Discipline (WID) teaching assistant, she have served as a teaching assistant for WID designated (writing intensive) courses in comparative politics, international security, and Middle East politics.