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Centre for Palestine Studies

Centre for Palestine Studies Members

Gilbert Achcar
Centre Chair
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • Office Hours: Monday 1-3pm in Term 1; Monday 2-4pm in Term 2

Advisory Committee

Izzat Darwazeh
Advisory Committee Member
Izzat Darwazeh

Professor of Communications engineering at UCL since 2006. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Palestine Studies (from 2013) . Founding member of the British Arab Association and member its executive committee (2008-2013), then Director from 2011.  Member of the Council for British Arab Understanding (Caabu).

Hassan Hakimian
Advisory Committee Member
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.


Adam Hanieh
Advisory Committee Member
Adam Hanieh

Political economy; labour migration; Middle East politics; Gulf Cooperation Council; migration development and remittances class and state formation internationalisation Palestine.

Dina Matar
Advisory Committee Member
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12-2pm

Karma Nabulsi
Advisory Committee Member
Karma Nabulsi

Dr Karma Nabulsi is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.


Members

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Member
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam International politics of West Asia; Iranian foreign and domestic politics; Critical theories of international relations; US foreign policy in the ‘third world’; Islamic political and intellectual history.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 & Wednesdays 1-2
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3, 2014/15
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Member
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb

Nadje Al-Ali
Member
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4547
  • Email: n.s.al-ali@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452A
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10am-12pm - request appointment in advance

Atef Alshaer
Member
Atef Alshaer

Linguistics, Arabic Literature and history and Politics of the Arab World.

Brenna Bhandar
Member
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 541
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30 to 12.30

Elisa Cavatorta
Member
Staff Silhouette
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Member
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Nick Denes
Member
Nick Denes

Teaching Fellow, Centre for Media and Film Studies, SOAS; Co-Director of the Palestine Film Foundation (palestinefilm.org)

Ayman El-Desouky
Member
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:30- 4, Tues 1- 2:30 and by appointment

Benjamin Fortna
Member
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4632
  • Email: bf7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 300
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm
Nelida Fuccaro
Member
Nelida Fuccaro Modern Middle Eastern history, especially Iraq, Persian Gulf and Syria; urban history; history of violence; social and cultural history of oil ; colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism; Kurdish history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4618
  • Email: nf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 308
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2 2013/14

Marlé Hammond
Member
Marle Hammond

Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email: mh93@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2
Sarah Hibbin
Member
Staff Silhouette

Salwa Ismail
Member
Salwa Ismail

Urban politics and state-society relations in the Middle East; the study of Islamism; Islamist movements; modern Arab and Islamic political thought; political ethnography.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4740
  • Email: si1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 204
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Laleh Khalili
Member
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, social movements and contentious politics, gender and feminist theory, Middle East, Israel/Palestine

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2014/15

Mushtaq Khan
Member
Mushtaq Khan South and South East Asia: institutional economics and political economy; the economics of rent seeking, corruption and patron-client networks; late industrialisation and the state
  • Tel: 020 7898 4546
  • Email: mk100@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 284
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2pm - 4pm
Alon Margalit
Member
Staff Silhouette

Corinna Mullin
Member
Corinna Mullin

International Relations Theory, Political Islam, Politics of the Middle East

Wen-chin Ouyang
Member
Wen-chin Ouyang Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-12am/Wednesdays 1-2pm

Marina Pyrovolaki
Member
Marina Pyrovolaki

Arabic Historiography (Popular/Scholarly), Crusades, Arab-Byzantine Relations, Early Islamic History.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4605
  • Email: mp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm (or by appointment)
Sahar Taghdisi Rad
Member
Sahar Rad

International Development Consultant; and Researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London


Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Member
Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East, in particular gender issues in Iran. Women’s employment, feminism, war, conflict, diaspora, Iran in the Middle East.

Ruba Salih
Member
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4245
  • Email: ruba.salih@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 471
  • On Sabbatical:On leave until January 2016

Iain Scobbie
Member
Iain Scobbie

Public international law, especially its relation to the Israel/Palestine situation; theory of international law; international humanitarian law; the law and practice of the International Court of Justice

Amrita Shodhan
Member
Amrita Shodhan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4627
  • Email: as115@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm

Stefan Sperl
Member
Staff Silhouette Classical Arabic literature; medieval Arabic popular literature; court poetry and oral literature; refugee studies and refugee-related issues
  • Tel: 020 7898 4338
  • Email: ss6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 433
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2012
Nimer Sultany
Member
Nimer Sultany

Public Law; Legal and Political Theory; Comparative Constitutionalism; Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4729
  • Email: ns30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4408
  • Office Hours: Friday 11:00 - 13:00

Charles R H Tripp
Member
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12
Hanan Toukan
Member
Staff Silhouette

Politics and society of the Arab World; The politics of aid; 'cultural diplomacy', contemporary cultural production; professionalisation and NGO-isation of the field of culture.


Hedi Viterbo
Member
Hedi Viterbo

Law and politics; state violence (particularly in Israel/Palestine and the United States); childhood; sexuality

Yair Wallach
Member
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: 020 7898 4337
  • Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 16:00-17:00 / Wednesdays 11:00-12:00

Lynn Welchman
Member
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15

Associate Members

Hani Albasoos
Associate Member
Hani Albasoos

PhD (2005) in International Relations from the University of Bradford. Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Islamic University of Gaza, political analyst and leading member of a number of Palestinian academic and research institutions.

Waleed Al-Modallal
Associate Member
Waleed Al-Modallal

Associate Professor of Political Science, Islamic University of Gaza. Former dean of the Southern Branch of the Islamic University and the founder of Strategic Studies Institute (MERAS).


Luca Andriani
Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London

Research Interests: Informal institutions, trust , corruption, social capital and socio-economic development

Profile Page: https://sites.google.com/site/landriani75/  

Haim Bresheeth
Associate Member
Haim Bresheeth

Filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar.


Ahmed El Sherief
Associate Member
Staff Silhouette
Keith Hammond
Associate Member
Keith Hammond

Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow’s Center for Open Studies.

Keith Hammond works in the Lifelong Learning and Social Justice knowledge transfer groups and the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, looking in the main at Palestinian issues. www.gla.ac.uk/services/centreforopenstudies/staff/keithhammond/


Zeina Ghandour
Associate Member
Zeina Ghandour

Zeina Ghandour is the Director of the Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Method in the Law School at Birkbeck where she also convenes a course on 'Law, Anthropology and Colonialism'. Her research interests are in Socio-Legal and Critical Legal Studies, Mandate Palestine, Israel / Palestine, Postcolonial Theory, Legal Anthropology, Legal Pluralism, Colonial and Imperial (British) Legal History, Cultural Property Law, Food Studies, Ethnography, Legal Geography, Discourse Analysis.   

Aeyal Gross
Associate Member
Aeyal Gross

Munir Nuseibah
Associate Member
Munir Nuseibah

Munir Nuseibah is a human rights lawyer and academic based in Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine. He is an assistant professor at Al-Quds University's faculty of law; the director (and co-founder) of Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic, the first accredited clinical legal education program in the Arab World; and the director of the Community Action Center in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. degree in Law from Al-Quds University; an LL.M in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington DC and a PhD degree from the University of Westminster in London, UK, which he acquired after successfully defending his thesis entitled: Forced Displacement in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, International Law, and Transitional Justice.

Fernando Resende
Associate Member
Fernando Resende

Study of narratives of conflicts and diasporic movements; theory and philosophy of communication; journalism; culture; comparative media and documentary studies; critical cultural studies and the impact of geopolitical discursive relations (narratives and conflicts) on the imaged geographies of East/West and, in particular, the imagination of Palestine and Africa by Brazil and England (XIX and XX).


Tom Selwyn
Associate Member
Tom Selwyn

Anthropology of Tourism, hospitality, imagery and semiotics, Palestinian pilgrimage and cultural industries, Israeli landscape, borderlands, Indian caste system, political anthropology, post-conflict development, coasts, EC cultural policy in Mediterranean and Balkans, libraries.

  • Email: ts14@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 590
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12-2pm or by Email Appointment
Nibal Thawabteh
Associate Member
Nibal Thawabteh Nibal Thawabteh has been the Director of the Media Development Center at Birzeit University since 2008 and has worked in media training and production in Palestine for more than ten years. She is the Editor in Chief for Al-Hal newspaper and she is the board chairwoman of Ma’an Palestinian News Agency. Nibal was awarded an international Women Of Courage award in 2008 (USA) and has published several books, she holds a Masters degree in management and educational training.

Suha Shakkour
Associate Member
Suha Shakkour

Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Derby where my teaching interests are primarily in ethnic and religious minorities. My PhD (University of St Andrews) was a study of the integration/assimilation patterns of Christian Palestinians in Britain, and my current research considers the re-imagining of appropriated homes in Palestine as sacred sites.

Teodora Todorova
Associate Member
Teodora Todorova

Teodora Todorova is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Critical Theory at The University of Nottingham. Her recent doctoral thesis Reframing Israel-Palestine: critical Israeli responses to the Palestinian call for Just Peace explored the practices and narratives of three case study Israeli civil society groups responding to the call for decolonisation, right of return, and equality by Palestinian counterparts. 


Hilary Wise
Associate Member
Hilary Wise

SOAS alumna, former Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London, currently Director of Publications for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (www.palestinecampaign.org).


PhD Student Associate Members

Luigi Achilli
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette
Seyed Ali Alavi
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

My main researches and interests are around Middle East Politics, European (Central EU) and British and American Politics. Also I am interested in cultural issues and cultural identity politics. I speak English, Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Azeri, Kurdish and some understanding of  Hebrew.


Lauren Banko
PhD Student Associate Member
Lauren Banko
Jinan Bastaki
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Antonia Baum
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette
Birju M Dattani
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Oroub El-Abed
PhD Student Associate Member
Oroub EL-ABED

Worked for twelve years before deciding to start my PhD. Had an empirical exposure to the field while working with UN/World Food Programme in Iraq, NGOs in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, added to a policy exposure through working with the World Bank- Iraq mission, Fafo studying the globalised labour opportunities and their effect on Palestinians living in camps in jordan, ICMC/ Austcare and UNHCR studying Iraqi refugees in Jordan. The academic exposure started with Professor B. Harrell-Bond in Egypt at the American University of Cairo/ The Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Center as I taught Palestinian refugee issues and continued until today as I am teaching at SOAS and lecturing at several academic venues and conferences.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad
PhD Student Associate Member
Ali Fathollah-Nejad

International relations; 21st-century world order; diplomacy; peace and conflict studies.


Jacques Rouyer Guillet
PhD Student Associate Member
Jacques Rouyer Guillet
Toufic Haddad
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Lamya (Sharmeen) Hussain
PhD Student Associate Member
Lamya Hussain
Nadeem Karkabi
PhD Student Associate Member
Nadeem Karkabi

Amir Khnifess
PhD Student Associate Member
Amir Khnifess
Tahani Mustafa
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Katherine Natanel
PhD Student Associate Member
Katherine Natanel

Gender and feminist theory, politics and political participation, political apathy, gendering violence/conflict, domination and resistance, affect theory, feminist and women’s activism, gender in the Middle East, Israel-Palestine.

Nora E.H. Parr
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Sharri Plonski
PhD Student Associate Member
Sharri Plonski
Irene Fernandez Ramos
PhD Student Associate Member
Irene Fernandez Ramos

Tariq Suleman
PhD Student Associate Member
Photo of PhD student Tariq Suleman
Elian Weizman
PhD Student Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe
PhD Student Associate Member
Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe