Staff at the British Institute Amman

Dr Carol Palmer
Director (

Dr Carol Palmer is Director of the CBRL British Institute in Amman. She is an anthropologist, environmental archaeologist and botanist. Her research interests concentrate on recording rural life in its many forms, the contemporary and recent use of plants on the broadest level, cultivated, gathered and grazed, and the effects of changes in food production practices on the landscape and in society. She is part of the Thimar research collective, a group of largely university-based researchers who document and consider the problem of production and livelihood in rural societies across the Arab world. She is also an Honorary Fellow at Bournemouth University where she has a close research collaboration with Dr Emma Jenkins documenting and analysing rural settlement in Jordan using ethnographic analogy to answer key archaeological questions about building construction, use of space and animal husbandry, and other potential site functions. Please see here for more details.

Dr Philip Proudfoot
Assistant Director (

Dr Philip Proudfoot is a political anthropologist of the Levant region. In late 2016 he joined the British Institute in Amman shortly after having completed his PhD at the London School of Economics. Currently, Philip is preparing his doctoral thesis — The Living Dead: Revolutionary Subjectivity and Syrian Rebel-Workers in Beirut — for publication. This work was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork that he carried out amongst a network of Syrian labourers in Beirut (2011 - 2015). From a bottom-up perspective, Philip describes the personal and political transformations of men whose voices are frequently silenced in the face of today’s brutal proxy war. Before joining CBRL Philip was an analyst with the Beirut Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) where he worked on establishing a women’s coalition for gender equality in the Lebanese City of Tripoli.

Philip’s principal research interests cluster around issues of forced migration, populism, revolutionary art and aesthetic production, rural to urban populations, and working class cultures.

Nancy Abaza

Administrator (

Nancy Abaza holds a BA in Translation Studies (German, English, Arabic) from the German Jordanian University, having completed part of her studies at the University of Leipzig. She was awarded a full four-year BA scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study Translation. During her BA, she completed an internship at the publishing house Edition Hamouda in Leipzig, Germany. She was also granted a scholarship for one academic exchange year by the US Department of State to complete her high school studies at Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas USA, in addition to her high school studies in Jordan.

She has work experience in the educational sector and has completed voluntary work both in Jordan and internationally. She volunteered both for the Amideast Center as well as the Promise Hands Organization. She was awarded the title of Ambassador of Peace by the Peace Federal Organization USA for her self-driven initiatives in helping to break down misconceptions about the Middle East. She speaks Arabic, English, German and Chechen.


Rana Al Zoubi
Part-time Accountant (

Rana Al Zoubi is a freelance accountant, working part-time for the CBRL since June 2016.  She graduated in Finance from the University of Jordan in 2004. Before joining the CBRL, Rana has worked as an accountant with several local and foreign companies, including Talal Abou Ghazaleh, Aregon-Optimiza, and the Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation. 

Rudaina Momani
Librarian  (

Rudaina Momani has a BA in Cultural Resources and Management and an MA in Archaeology of Ancient Arab Civilisations from the Hashemite University. Her MA dissertation was titled 'Management and Evaluation of the Tourist Regions in Jordan by Using GIS: A Case Study of Ajlun Governorate, Jordan.' She has worked for both CBRL BIA and for the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) as a library assistant, and since summer 2015 has been the BIA librarian. Additionally, she works for the ACOR Temple of the Winged Lion Cultural Resource Management Project.

Mohamed Fseiseh
BIA Caretaker

Mr. Moh’d Fseiseh had worked in Iraq for about 9 years before coming back to Jordan. After returning to Jordan he started working for a satellite company owned by a Mr. Ziad Mango for about 2 years. In the beginning of the seventies (1971 or 1972) he started to work for BIAAH (The British Institute at Amman for Archaeology & History) when Dr Crystal-M Bennet was Director (first Diretcor of BIAAH) for about 9 years. He also worked with Andrew Garrard, Alison McQuitty, William Lancaster and Bill Finlayson (current CBRL Director). He has worked for the BIAAH/CBRL ever since; a period covering well over 30 yearsHe is now the BIA's caretaker, driver and general fix-it person. In the wintertime, he makes a hearty and delicious lentil soup.

Issa Madi
BIA Facilitator

Mr. Issa Madi graduated from the University of Jordan with a BA in Geography and holds a certificate in basic book-keeping studies. He started working for the Department of Antiquities (DoA) in 1974 and participated in the joint archaeological survey project between the DoA and the Yarmouk University at the site of Jawah under the supervision of Dr. Michael Macdonald. In the 1990s Mr Madi was appointed as the curator at the Jordan Museum (Amman Citadel) and participated in a course on studies about the development, design and the exhibiting of museum material in New York at the New York Museum for Natural History as well as the Cincinattee Museum in Ohio. Mr. Madi retired from the DoA at the end of 2013.
Currently Mr. Madi works part-time for the CBRL British Institute in Amman. He assists with government office relations, vehicle care and registration matters, as well as with front office reception. 

Esmeralda Ugerio
BIA Housekeeper

Esmeralda Ugerio is originally from the Philippines and took up housekeeping duties for the BIA in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mariano Marcos State University, Laoag City Campus, Ilocos Norte. She then worked as a Personal Assistant in the Office of the Board Member, Prov. Capitol Tuguergakao City. She came to work in Jordan in 2005. She speaks Arabic, English, and Tagalog, and enjoys listening to music.