PD. Dr. Elham Manea is of dual nationalities, Yemeni and Swiss. She is an Associate Professor specialized on the Middle East, a writer, and a human rights activist. She is a Fulbright scholar who holds a PhD degree in political science from the University of Zurich, Master degree in comparative politics from the American University in Washington D.C, and a Bachelor degree in political science from Kuwait University. She has published academic and non fiction books in English, German, and Arabic in addition to two novels in Arabic. Her latest publication was a book entitled The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance, London: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, June 2011. She works at the Political Science Institute at the University of Zurich and a consultant for Swiss government agencies and international human rights organizations. Recently, she has been appointed by the Swiss Federal Council as a Member of the Federal Commission for Women Affairs.
Comparative Politics of countries of the Arabian Peninsula, with a special focus on Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Kuwait and the Sultanate of Oman; Gender and Authoritarian Arab States; Democratization and civil society in the MENA region.