Mohammad is a research fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. His research focuses on analysis of cultural, political, and media discourse in the Arab world through in-depth studies and in cooperation with researchers and experts from inside and outside the region.
Mohammad also contributes to the implementation of projects related to capacity building in various fields, including culture and higher education. In 2017, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Scholar Rescue Fund of the International Institute of Education IIE in New York, to work on research projects, advocacy, and policy-making in the Arab world at Lund University. He also worked on producing an annotated bibliography on human rights in the Arab world.
Al-Mahfali holds a Ph.D. in Arabic literature from the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University (2014) and before that a master’s degree in the same specialty from the University of Hadramout (2010). Al-Mahfali worked as a professor of modern literature in the College of Education in Socotra between 2014 and 2017, and he was a teaching assistant at the same college since 2004. He was also appointed head of the Arabic language department in the college in 2015.