Dr. Robert Mogielnicki is a Resident Scholar of political economy at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He recently launched a long-term research initiative examining how technology shapes Gulf Arab governments and economies. Dr. Mogielnicki earned his PhD from the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College and holds a MA from the University of Oxford’s St Antony’s College.
Dr. Robert Mogielnicki
Dr. Robert Mogielnicki is a Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. An expert in the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, he previously served as a Senior Analyst with the Siwa Group and Head of Public Relations & Marketing for Oxford Strategic Consulting, a United Kingdom/Gulf Cooperation Council-focused research consultancy. Prior to his consulting career, he worked as a journalist in Egypt and Tunisia.
Dr. Mogielnicki received his PhD from the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College, where he conducted research in conjunction with the Oriental Institute and Middle East Centre. His dissertation examined the political economy of free zones in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. He earned his MA in modern Middle Eastern studies from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and completed a master’s thesis on labor policy formulation and implementation in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He received his BA from Georgetown University as a double major in Arabic and government, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Mogielnicki specializes in the intersection of politics and economics across Gulf Arab states. He is particularly interested in how these geostrategic states engage in processes of economic transformation through trade and investment policies, labor market interventions, economic diversification, and technological innovation.