Dr Neil Russell

Lecturer in Politics
Neil Russell joined GCU in 2021 as a Lecturer in Politics within the Department of Social Sciences.

His disciplinary background is in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Middle East and other Muslim-majority contexts. He conducts research on the politics of Islamic welfare, Islamist political movements, and authoritarian regimes. Neil has an MSc in Politics Research from the University of Oxford and completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh under an ESRC 2+3 scholarship, which included intensive Arabic-language training. His dissertation examined relations between the state and Islamic movements since 2011 in revolutionary Egypt.

He has published book chapters on the relationship between Islam and politics in the Middle East, and the transformation of Salafi Islamist movements in Egypt since 2011. As well as a book project based on his PhD dissertation, Neil is currently researching attempts to control religious discourse within mosques in Egypt and preparing a research proposal for funding for a major comparative analysis of state regulation of Islamic social and religious institutions across the Middle East region.

Neil has previously taught at the University of Edinburgh and Newcastle University, where he was a Lecturer in Politics. For the 2021/2022 academic year he is module leader on Politics 2: Concepts and Ideas and Democratic Challenges: Ideas and Issues