Steffen Hertog is an associate professor in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. He has been researching the Gulf political economy and public policy issues since 2000 and has intermittently lived in the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia, in particular. Hertog has done policy-oriented work with the World Bank, the OECD, GIZ, BCG, McKinsey, the European Commission, ESCWA, and many clients in the GCC. He has done consulting work on political and economic trends in the Gulf region for several international clients.
Hertog’s research interests include labor market regulation, public sector management, and issues related to distribution and subsidy reform in the MENA region. His book about the Saudi political economy, Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats: Oil and State in Saudi Arabia, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011. His co-authored book about higher education and political extremism, Engineers of Jihad, was published in 2016 by Princeton University Press.