Edinburgh Research Explorer

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

- Gender and sexuality in the Middle East, particularly Jordan and the Levant - Gendered politics of culture in the Levant - The mediated constructions of Arab femininity/masculinity - The media as sites of hegemony and resistance

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of York

Professional Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, PgCAP


Dr Mahadeen completed her PhD at the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York in 2013. Her doctorate critically examined representations of virginity in online Jordanian media by analysing texts as well as production and consumption processes. Before coming to Edinburgh, Dr Mahadeen received a visiting scholarship from the Council for British Research in the Levant in 2013 and worked simultaneously as a Research Consultant with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. With a professional background in reporting and online media, Dr Mahadeen’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and media within an Arab context.

Research outputs

  1. The Jordanian press and new media

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Queer Counter-publics and LGBTQ Pop-Activism in Jordan

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Hymen reconstruction surgery in Jordan: Sexual politics and the economy of virginity

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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Research activities & awards

  1. Hymens, Sex, and Money: Interrogating the Economics of Virginity in the Middle East

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Gender in the Middle East: The Context of Arab Refugees in Edinburgh

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Ingenious Women 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesProfessional Development and Training

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