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Leon Goldsmith 2021 ImageBA(Hons) PhD(Otago)

Dr Leon Goldsmith works on Middle Eastern and comparative politics. His research looks at ethno-religious conflict and integration processes, sub- and supranational identity politics, youth politics, political participation, political culture, institutions and comparative political systems. His main geographic areas of research are Syria and the Levant, and Oman and the Arab Gulf states. Leon's current theoretical interests are Arab-Islamic empiricists Ibn Khaldun and Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi.

Dr Goldsmith welcomes postgraduate supervision in the above areas or any related topics.

Research groups

Middle East and Islamic Studies Aotearoa (MEISA)


  • POLS 105 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 210 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLS 326 Politics of the Arabian Peninsula
  • POLS 550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Contact details

Room 4N10, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8665
Research day – Friday


Fulco, C., & Goldsmith, L. (2023). Internationalizing Middle Eastern politics (MEP): A study of the educational potential of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) for Middle East politics pedagogy. Journal of Political Science Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15512169.2023.2217360

Goldsmith, L. T. (2022). Foreword. In The nature of tyranny: And the devastating results of oppression. (pp. ix-xxiii). Abingdon, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780197631959.001.0001

Goldsmith, L., Shaikh, A. K., Yildiz Tan, H., & Raahemifar, K. (2022). A review of contemporary governance challenges in Oman: Can blockchain technology be part of sustainable solutions? Sustainability, 14, 11819. doi: 10.3390/su141911819

Ellis, L., Winter, C., Headley, J., Goldsmith, L., Patman, R., Roper, B., & Nel, P. (2022, August). World in crisis panel. Panel discussion at the Otago Politics Day School, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Shaikh, A. K., & Goldsmith, L. T. (2021). A conceptual model for e-participation by Omani citizens using blockchain technology. WAS Science Nature, 4(1). Retrieved from

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