Mashaell Al-Shammari

Former Junior Visiting Fellow


Mashael Al-Shammari was a junior visiting fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. She is a recent graduate from the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar with a master’s degree in history.

Al-Shammari’s research interests include women empowerment in sharia law, the origins of statehood in Islam, and the development of Islamic intellectual schools. At the Middle East Council, Al-Shammari is researching women’s economic and political empowerment in the state of Qatar.

Previously, Al-Shammari researched social movements through social media during an internship at Al Jazeera Center for Studies.

Research Areas

  • Women empowerment and gender policies
  • History
  • Education
  • Islamic studies

Countries of Focus

  • Iraq
  • Gulf (GCC)
  • The Middle East

Other Areas of Interest

  • Feminism and gender policies
  • Islamic history
  • Islamic denominations


  • M.A., History, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, 2022
  • M.A., English Literature, Al-Isra University, Jordan, 2016