Omar AlShehabi is an Associate Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. His research interests focus on the social relations of the Gulf Arab States within global capitalism, examining the currents that drove their transformation from pearling and entrepot coastal towns to oil-exporting monarchies, both within and beyond their borders. These themes are connected to broader discussions on oil-based modes of accumulation, transnational labour and capital market formations, paths of migration, urban transformations, modernized absolutism, legacies of colonialism, identity-formation, ideological strands of neoliberalism, and popular mobilisations.
He completed his D.Phil. at Pembroke College Oxford, and previously worked at the IMF, the World Bank, McKinsey, and University College, Oxford. His latest book in English “Contested Modernity: Sectarianism, Nationalism, and Colonialism in Bahrain” was released in 2019 with Oneworld Publications. He is currently working on a book exploring capital accumulation in the Gulf States during the oil-era, focusing on the constitutive social relations both domestically and globally.