Marieke Brandt is a senior researcher at the ISA. Her research focuses on ethnicity and tribal societies, (tribal) genealogy and history, tribe-state relations and governance in South Arabia, particularly Yemen, where she spent living for five years. She was PhD fellow of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, DAAD fellow in Sanaa, Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) fellow of the European Union, and PI of the New Frontiers Groups Programme (NFG) project “Deciphering Local Power Politics in Northern Yemen”. Her award-winning first book, Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict (OUP, 2017) reconstructs the evolution and local complexities of Yemen’s Houthi conflict. Her second book The Tale of a Feud: Dominance, Resistance, and Agency in Highland Yemen (Brill, forthcoming) retells recent Yemeni history from the vantage point of those who were in constant opposition to republican Yemen’s political system. Her research has been published in renowned journals, among them Anthropos, Journal of Arabian Studies, Anthropology of the Middle East, International Journal for Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Medieval Worlds.
Marieke is a scholar with a severe disability (deaf).
Visions of Community: Comparative Approaches to Ethnicity, Region and Empire in Christianity, Islam and Buddhism (400-1600 CE) – VISCOM (https://viscom.ac.at/home/)
Global Eurasia (https://www.oeaw.ac.at/isa/forschung/translokale-themen/global-eurasia-comparison-and-connectivity)