Dr. Viden obtained her Ph. D. summa cum laude in History of International Relations at Sciences Po, Paris, in 2011. During her doctorate she spent a year as a Ph. D-fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She also had the opportunity to intern within the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution where she worked on counter-insurgency and civil and military relations in Afghanistan. Dr. Viden spent the academic year of 2014-2015 as an Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague where she taught U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East. July 1, 2015-Jan 6, 2017, she rejoined the IR-Program at U-Penn. She is now the Program Coordinator at the Middle East Center.
Dr. Viden’s research deals with U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East in a historic and contemporary context with a specific focus on U.S.-Saudi relations. She is also interested in the interplay between domestic and external factors in Saudi foreign policy and the role played by religion and tribal elements in the formation of the Saudi state. Some of Dr. Viden’s other research projects also deal with the outcome of the Arab Uprisings.
Presented lecture: Saudi involvement in Europe