Dr Luisa Gandolfo

Dr Luisa Gandolfo
BA (Lincoln), M.Litt (Aberdeen), PhD (Exeter)


Dr Luisa Gandolfo
Dr Luisa Gandolfo

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Luisa Gandolfo completed her doctoral studies in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, analysing the formation and sustenance of identity in the Palestinian diaspora community of Jordan.

Subsequently, she conducted research on expressions of nationalism and gender and political activism within the Arabic blogosphere and social networks under the auspices of the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), at the University of Durham. 

Luisa also held the Al Tajir lectureship in post-war recovery studies at the University of York, where she engaged in research exploring the role of art and culture in social change in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.

Luisa is the author of Palestinians in Jordan: The Politics of Identity (2012), co-editor of Post-Conflict Memorialization Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies (2021), and has published articles and chapters on gender, identity and activism in the Middle East and North Africa.

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

Luisa is the School of Social Sciences Athena SWAN co-lead (2016-), and Equality and Diversity Officer.

For further information on the School's Athena SWAN Bronze Award, visit here.



Research Areas


  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Modern Middle Eastern Studies
  • War and Peace Studies

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Research Overview

Luisa's research interests are located in Palestine-Israel, Jordan, and Tunisia, and encompass:

  • Memory and mourning practices
  • Trauma and post-war recovery
  • Refugees and migration
  • Diasporic identities and exile
  • Religious practices and social change
  • Artistic representations of resistance

For further details on published papers, visit here.


My current supervision areas are: Sociology.

Research Funding and Grants

Research Grant, 2016, 'Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation'. Awarded by the Leverhulme/British Academy, Febuary 2016. 

Research Grant, 2015-2016, 'The Political and Cultural Identity of the Libyan Community in Malta.' Awarded by The Society for Libyan Studies. February, 2015.

Research Fellowship at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, ‘Comparative Discourses of Memory and Trauma in Palestinian and Israeli Art.’ Awarded by The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme, September 2014-August 2015.

Research Grant 2013-2014, ‘Comparative Discourses of Memory and Trauma in Palestinian and Israeli Art.’ Awarded by The Carnegie Trust. University of Aberdeen. June, 2014. 

Research Grant 2012-2013, ‘Divine Intervention: The Role of Christian Evangelical Proselytism in the Palestine-Israel Conflict.’ Awarded by The Carnegie Trust. University of Aberdeen. June, 2013.



Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator

Sex, Gender, and Violence: Critical Approaches [SO5519]

Dissertation in Sociology [SO5904]

Between Peace and Conflict: Societies in Transition [TR4004]

Studying Social Life I: The Embodied Self [SO2006]

Contributes to:

Sociology of the Everyday II: Global Issues in the 21st Century [SO2509]

Thinking Sociologically [SO3066]



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