Dr. phil.


wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin




Marieke Brandt is a senior researcher at the ISA, with a primary focus on socio-cultural processes and social history in Yemen and Southwest Arabia. She has dedicated five years of her life to living in Yemen, conducting extensive research. She has received various fellowships, including from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellowship in Yemen, and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) fellowship from the European Union. She has been the Principal Investigator of the New Frontiers Groups Programme (NFG) project titled “Deciphering Local Power Politics in Northern Yemen.” Her first monograph, Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2017) is an award-winning work that explores the evolution and local complexities of Yemen’s Houthi (Ansar Allah) conflict. Her second book The Tale of a Feud: Domination, Resistance, and Agency in Highland Yemen, published in Open Access by Brill in 2023,is a biography at the interface between anthropology and political history that reconstructs recent Yemeni history from the vantage point of those who were in constant opposition to the Salih regime. Her research has been published in prestigious journals, including AnthroposJournal of Arabian StudiesAnthropology of the Middle EastInternational Journal for Middle East StudiesMiddle Eastern Studies, and Medieval Worlds.

Marieke is a scholar with a severe disability (deafness).



  • Socio-cultural processes and social history in Yemen and Southwest Arabia
  • Ethnicity, genealogy, and kinship
  • Tribalism, tribe-state relation and governance
  • Anthropology of customary law, mediation, and conflict
  • Memory, biography, and life-writing
  • Digital anthropology and the ontology of ethnographic archives