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Marina Calculli

Guest Researcher

Dr. M. Calculli
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Marina Calculli is Lecturer at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies. From 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2025, she will be on leave from Leiden to take up a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship at Columbia University in New York and Sciences Po Paris.

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My research sits at the intersection of International Relations, History, Law and Political Theory. I concentrate on Middle East security, political violence, and the role of religious and secular ideas in world politics.  

In my previous projects, I have explored instances of cooperation and rivalry between states and Islamist actors in the contemporary international system, with a focus on the legitimacy of the state, the rise and role of non-state armed groups and the moral justification of political violence.  

My current project investigates how states negotiate their secular and religious visions within the United Nations and beyond. 

Teaching and Research Interests

Sovereignty beyond the West; Political Violence; Non-state armed groups; Secularism and Religion in World Politics. 

Grants and Awards 

  • 2022-2025, European Commission, Marie Sodowska Curie Global Fellowship. 
  • 2020, Leiden University Fund. Research traineeship Programme. 
  • 2018, Italian Ministry of Education. Italian National Scientific Qualification [Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale] for the role of Associate Professor of Political Science. 
  • 2016-17, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Senior Common Room Membership. 
  • 2015-2016, Fulbright Commission. Fulbright research scholarship (1 December 2015-31 July 2017). 
  • 2014-2017, American Political Science Association. APSA-MENA Fellowship. 

Guest Researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies

Assistant professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies


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