Karen Exell is Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Qatar, and a consultant at Qatar Museums. Her current research focus is the role of museums in identity and nation building in the Arabian Peninsula states, and her recent publications include include the co-edited volumes, Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices (Ashgate, 2014) and Museums in Arabia: Transnational Practices and Regional Processes (Routledge, 2016), and the monograph, Modernity and the Museum in the Arabian Peninsula (Routledge, 2016).