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 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 (deafness).