Zeinab Shuker

Sociology professor, Iraq focus

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Iraq, United States
Based in Houston, Texas


Current Occupation: Sociology professor, Iraq focus
Organization/Institution: Sam Houston State University
Language: English, Arabic


Ashura Rituals In Iraq Highlight Environmental Crisis New Lines Magazine Aug 15, 2023

Hearing the Global South in Climate Convos The Cairo Review of Global Affairs Spring 2023

Water, Oil and Iraq’s Climate Future Middle East Research and Information Project Mar 29, 2023

Iraq war pushed the country towards more crises than it can handle, experts say Middle East Eye Mar 22, 2023

Reflecting on 20 Years: The Legacy of the US Invasion of Iraq Video Panel Carnegie Middle East Center Mar 22, 2023

Iraq’s economy: Old obstacles and new challenges Italian Institute for International Political Studies Mar 17, 2023

Roundtable: Generation Iraq: The Iraq War’s Legacy of Harm The Century Foundation Mar 1, 2023

Iraq’s new prime minister-designate: Who is Mohammed al-Sudani? Al Jazeera Oct 13, 2022

The Black Gold Curse: Socio-Political Impact of Basra’s Oil Economy Emirates Policy Aug 24, 2022

Dust Storms and Climate Change: A Crisis for the Iraqi Economy and the Need for Multilateral Solutions IRIS Report Jun 2022

It’s a mass ecological crisis: Extreme weather in Iraq The World June 3, 2022

Gas Flaring in Iraq: Structural Issues, Geopolitical Players, and Policy Implications Emirates Policy Centre Apr 11, 2022

The Hybrid-Rentier States and Climate Change: The Case of Iraq Emirates Policy Centre Mar 22, 2022

Iraq’s climate conundrum: Oil reliance versus vanishing water Al Jazeera Jan 28, 2022

The Many Layers and Complexities of Iraq’s Energy Landscape Emirates Policy Centre Nov 17, 2021

Tensions high as prime minister’s home is targeted in Iraq  The World Nov 8, 2021

The Legitimacy Crisis of Traditional Authority  Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies Nov 7, 2021

The massive challenge of climate action in oil-dependent Iraq quoted New Statesman Nov 1, 2021

Zeinab Shuker (@zfshuker) is a sociologist who focuses on the impact of oil revenue dependency in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, particularly Iraq.

Her three main areas of expertise are political formation in hybrid regimes which combine autocratic and democratic features, oil and other energy production, and climate change.

She is an assistant professor of sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She has said sociology gave her the tools to understand herself and her history as a former refugee from Iraq.

Zeinab’s work explores the impact of oil revenue dependency on economic, political, social, and environmental development in MENA, with emphasis on Iraq where oil provided more than 90 per cent of government revenues in 2020.

In a current project, she is examining the factors that determine the response of governments in oil-producing MENA countries to climate change. The main factors are state capacity, influence of environmental civil society organizations, regional stability, and the behavior of international oil corporations in the country.

She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Political Economy from the University of California, Riverside. She has published and presented her work in top journals and think tanks.