Ahmed Ali Salem

Professor and Acting Dean
DXB Campus

  • PhD in Political Science (2006), University of Illinois, USA

  • International Relations Theory - Foreign Policy - Middle East Politics and Modern History – African Politics and Modern History – Muslim Reformist Thought

Zayed University, UAE: Professor (2021 – present); Associate Professor (2011– 2021); Assistant Professor (2006 – 2011). 

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Acting Dean (2021-currently); Associate Dean (2019- currently); Quality Assurance Coordinator (2018-2019). 

Institute for Islamic World Studies: Course Coordinator (2014 – 2015); Graduate Program Coordinator (2013); Assistant Director (2012 – 2013); Interim Assistant Director for Graduate Studies (2012 – 2013) 

Rhodes University, South Africa: Visiting Professor (2018 – 2020). 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA: Independent Instructor (2000 – 2004). 

Grant Reviews: Qatar University Internal Grants, 2023 

Publication Reviews: Journal of Arabian Studies (2023); Springer Publishing House (2021); African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (2010); The Global Studies Journal (2009). 

Event and Administrative Post Reviews 

External Member, CHSS Dean's Review Committee, UAE University, 2022 

Scientific Committee Member, Ali Mazrui’s Heritage and the Future of Reform in the Muslim World Conference, International University of Africa, Sudan, 2019. 

Expert Reviewer, The New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, AALIMS-NYUAD Workshop, 2017. 

Consultancy in UAE Ministry of Education Projects: Social Studies Licensure Project (2020 – 2023); Taskforce for building and developing future capacity in Humanities and Social sciences (2020 – 2021); Taskforce for e-Learning and Credit Transfer (2019). 

Consultancy in Program and Institutional Reviews, Education and Training Quality Authority, Bahrain:  

Panel Chair, Review of the Political Science Bachelor Program at Applied Science University (2nd Cycle) (2022). 

Panel Member, Review of Kingdom University (2018 – 2019). 

Panel Chair, Follow-up Review of the Political Science Bachelor Program at Applied Science University (2016 – 2017) 

Panel Chair, Review of the Political Science Bachelor Program at Applied Science University (1st Cycle) (2014 – 2015). 

Journal Editing and Advising 

Advisory Board Member, Al-Manara JournalAal-Al-Bayt University, Jordan (2022)  

Scientific Committee Member, Arab Journal of International Law (2020 – 2021) 

English Editor, Qira’at Afriqiyah [African Readings] ISSN 7235-1658 (2015 – 2017)  

Guest Co-editor (with Naveed Sheikh), American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Special Issue: Ali Mazrui: The Global Muslim Thinker, 33 (3) ISSN 0742-6763 (Summer 2016) 

Conference and Research Project Coordination

Islamic Economics and China, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE (4-5 May 2013). 

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: State of the Art of Islamic and Social Sciences and Humanities in Arab and Western Academia, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE (15-16 April 2013). 

Insights into the Aspirations of Young Emiratis, Research funded by UAE National Research Foundation (2011 – 2012) 

  • International Studies Association Conference on Africa, North Africa and the Middle East in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities; Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, 21-23 June 2023. 

  • Annual Conference of Faculty of Economic Studies and Political Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, 30-31 March 2022. 

  • Race and Islam Conference, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University, VA, USA, Online, 23-24 March 2022 

  • Annual Conference of British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Online, 5-9 July 2021.  

  • International Conference on The Civilizational School in International Relations Theory, Civilization Center for Political Studies, Cairo, Egypt, Online, 27 February – 7 March 2021 

  • African Studies of Africa Association’s Biennial International Conference, United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 October 2019. 

  • Conference on Professor Ali Mazrui’s Intellectual Heritage and the Future of Reform and Renewal in Africa and the Muslim World, International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan, 3-4 February 2019. 

  • Conference on Decolonial History of the South: Beyond Utopianism and Orientalism, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (University of California - Berkeley), Granada, Spain, 23-24 June 2018. 

  • “Teaching IR Theory in the Middle East and North Africa with emphasis on Gulf States,” in Paul Diehl, Jacqui DeMatos Ala, Jamie Frueh and Michael Murphy (eds.), Palgrave Handbook on IR Theory Pedagogy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024) forthcoming. 

  • (co-authored with Mohamed Ashour), “The League of Arab States and the Evolution of the Afro-Arab Region,” in Lynda C. Iroulo and Oheneba Boateng (eds.), Introduction to African Regional Organizations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024) forthcoming. 

  • “Academic Historiographic Remedies of Colonialist Images of Egypt’s Nationalist Party,” Contemporary Arab Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2023  

  • “Resisting Islamophobia: Efforts of International Organizations and Civil Institutions Outside the Arab and Muslim Worlds (2010-2020),” in Ahmad Wahban (ed.), The Proceedings of the 5th Scientific Conference of Faculty of Economic Studies and Political Science (Alexandria: Alexandria University Press, 2023) pp.32-72 (in Arabic) 

  • “The West and Africa: The Evolution of European Union and United States Policies Towards Africa,” Issues and Insights (Egypt), Vol. 7, No. 27, October 2022, pp.144-155 (in Arabic) 

  • “Non-Western Contributions to Rid the International Relations Discipline from Western Epistemological Hegemony: Reform or Revolution?” Tajseer (Qatar), Vol. 4, Issue 1, June 2022, pp.10-30 (in Arabic) 

  • “Islam and the West in Ali Mazrui’s African and Global Studies,” in Mohamed Ashour (ed.), Africa, Arabs and Colonialism: Studies in Ali Mazrui’s Scholarship (Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2022) pp.171-196 (in Arabic) ISBN 9789953829739 

  • “Tunisia’s Foreign Policy Towards France Before and After an Undemanding ‘Revolution’: A Theoretical Explanation of the Annahdha-led interim governments’ Soft Policy,” in Paul-Henri Bischoff (ed.), African Foreign Policies: Selecting to Explain Agency (London: Routledge, 2020) pp.158-178. ISBN 9780367348281  

  • “Security versus Democratization: French Priorities in Tunisia’s Transitional Period (2011-2014),” Nicasius Achu Check, Korwa Adar and Ajume Wingo (eds.), France’s Africa Relations: Domination, Continuity and Contradiction (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2019) pp.172-193. ISBN 9780798305297  

  • “Promoting or Resisting Change? The United States and the Egyptian Uprising (2011-2012),” in Geoffrey F. Gresh and Tugrul Keskin (eds.), U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State (London: Routledge, 2018) ISBN 9780815347149

  • Rhodes University, South Africa: Senior Research Associate, Department of Political and International Studies (2019 – 2024). 

  • Zayed University, UAE: Exceptional Performance Recognition (2021); Exceed-Expectations Performance Recognition (2019 and 2016); Creative Employer Award (2018); Accessibility Student Support Recognition (2018 and 2016); Exemplary Performance Recognition (2008); Professional Development Fund (24 times between 2007 and 2023). 

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA: Featured Alumnus, Habari Newsletter, Center for African Studies (Spring 2016) 

  • Featured, Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)

  • Principles of International Relations, Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs  

  • Area Studies-Middle East, Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs 

  • Sectarianism in the Muslim World, Master in Islamic World Studies  

  • Thesis, Master in Islamic World Studies

  • Economic and Social Development in Muslim World, Master in Islamic World Studies 

  • Epistemology and Research Methodology, Master in Islamic Economics and Wealth Management