Nele Lenze is publishing director at Berlin Story Verlag where she overseas all publications and manages marketing campaigns. Before moving back to Berlin she lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Vietnam. She consulted with communication strategies for Travalour, an Indian travel start-up. At Travalour she cared for media outreach and public relations.


Nele used to research online culture and participation culture in the Gulf. This includes local and migrant communities. She held positions at the National University of Singapore, the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait and the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and Media Studies from the University of Oslo and obtained her master’s in Arabic literature from Freie University Berlin. Nele co-edited four academic books on media, participation culture and the Middle East and wrote a monograph.

She co-edited Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East (2014) with Charlotte Schriwer as well as The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics, and Trajectories (2014) with Fahed Al-Sumait and Michael Hudson,  Media in the Middle East: Activism, Politics, and Culture (2017) with Charlotte Schriwer and Zubaidah Abdul Jalil. Her monograph Politics and Digital Literature in the Middle East. Perspectives on Online Text and Context  was published with Palgrave (2018). Another edited volume co-edited with Charlotte Schriwer is Participation Culture in the Gulf: Networks, Politics and Identity (2018).

Please contact me via email at nele.lenze (at) if you have any questions.