SOAS University of London

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 2-4pm (Term 1 only)

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 of labour migration, class and capitalism in the Middle East. With a focus on the the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Palestine, and the dynamics of regional accumulation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
  • Email: ah92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4419
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
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 1-3pm

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

Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Member
Reem Abou el Fadl

Nationalism in the Middle East; Foreign Policy Making in the Middle East; Egyptian Politics and History; Turkish Politics and History; Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4713
  • Email: ra47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4410
  • Office Hours: By appointment
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. Professor Adib-Moghaddam also gave a keynote lecture at the University of Hamburg :  The European Crisis in Global Perspective - Local Changes and Global Developments.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm and 6 - 6:45 pm

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: na@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452A
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am and Thursdays 3-4pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Lori Allen
Member
Lori Allen

Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; revolution;  anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
  • Email: la22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • On Sabbatical:Dr Allen is away on research leave 2016-17

Hannah Bargawi
Member
Hannah Bargawi
Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Links between Macroeconomic Policies and Poverty and Inequality; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Feminist Economics, Gender and Intra-household research; Africa; Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: hb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 476
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-12:00
Brenna Bhandar
Member
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S331
  • Office Hours: On Maternity Leave

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
Ayman El-Desouky
Member
Ayman El-Desouky

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16

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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm


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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 & 2, 2015/16

Laleh Khalili
Member
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, refugees and humanitarian regimes, the politics of logistics and transport, Middle East, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
  • On Sabbatical: 2015/16
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


Katherine Natanel
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.

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: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16

Marina Pyrovolaki
Member
Marina Pyrovolaki

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

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

Stefan Sperl
Member
Sperl Stefan

Arabic Literature Classical and Modern; Comparative Literature; Qur’an and Hadith Studies; Islamic Art; Sufism and Neoplatonism; Refugee and Exile Studies


Nimer Sultany
Member
Nimer Sultany

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4729
  • Email: ns30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S228
  • Office Hours: Friday 11:00 - 13:00 (by appointment only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)
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

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: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S235
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)

Rafeef Ziadah
Member
Rafeef Ziadah

Dr. Rafeef Ziadah joins SOAS as a postdoctoral research fellow with the 'Military Mobilities and Mobilising Movements in the Middle East' project with Professor Laleh Khalili


Associate Members

Yaser Alashqar
Associate Member
Yaser Alashqar
Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), Ireland. Teaching and research interests: comparative politics Northern Ireland and Palestine, peace and conflict studies, NGOs and civil society, Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Bashir Abu-Manneh
Associate Member
Bashir Abu-Manneh

Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature, School of English, University of Kent

Research Interests: 

Global English and Literatures of the Middle East
Literary Realism & Modernism
Literary and Cultural Theory (Marxist and Postcolonial)


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).


Atef Alshaer
Associate Member
Atef Alshaer

Linguistics, Arabic Literature and history and Politics of the Arab World. Lecturer in Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Westminster.

My research interests include language, politics and literature of the Arab world in particular. In Arabic culture, political discourses tend to draw on rich political and literary traditions which are used by various groups in different ways. I have researched, alongside other scholars, a number of interrelated themes, including nationalist and Islamist discourses and their interrelations in Palestine, political poetry, avant-garde classical and modern Arabic poetry, the politics and culture of movements such as the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, and the Lebanese movement Hizbullah; language and national identity in the Palestinian territories and postcolonial ideas and their relevance to Palestinian conditions and Arab narratives in general.


Lauren Banko
Associate Member
Lauren Banko

Lauren E. Banko finished her PhD in History in 2014, and her dissertation was titled The 'Invention' of Palestinian Citizenship: Discourses and Practices, 1918-1937. Lauren will be a research associate in Middle Eastern Studies in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester from 2015-2018. She has taught at SOAS as a Senior Teaching Fellow/Teaching Fellow between 2011 and 2015, and was also a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Palestinian nationality, citizenship and emigrants during the interwar period of the Palestine Mandate. Her new project involves a larger history of emigration, citizenship and civic identity in the interwar Levant and Palestine.


Sophia Brown
Associate Member
Sophia Brown

PhD candidate and Associate Tutor in the School of English at the University of Kent. Sophia's thesis is an exploration of 20th and 21st century Palestinian autobiographical practice, focusing specifically on Jerusalem and the city’s role in shaping identity. Her broader research interests include Middle Eastern and North African literature, contemporary literature, life writing, postcolonial theory, urban theory, and the politics of gender.

Patricia de Mayo
Associate Member
Patricia de Mayo

Patricia de Mayo is a musician, singer and composer. She plays the piano, the Arabic lute (al Oud), bass guitar and various percussion instruments. Her love of theatre and dance also led her to join the contemporary dance company Lorent Ballet during the nineties, and later on she became a professional flamenco dancer with Alma Flamenco. She also writes.


Oroub El-Abed
Associate Member
Oroub EL-ABED

Oroub has a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the British Academy- CBRL/Amman. She worked for twelve years before starting her PhD and had empirical exposure to the field while working with UN/World Food Programme in Iraq, NGOs in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, added to 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 where she taught Palestinian refugee issues and continued teaching at SOAS and lecturing at several academic venues and conferences.

Yasmeen Jawdat El Khoudary
Associate Member
Yasmeen El Khoudary

Yasmeen is a postgraduate student in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, with a focus on the archaeology of Gaza. She is currently involved with a number of placements on Palestinian archaeology in London, while conducting research for Almat'haf (the archaeological museum of Gaza), where she was working as a curator for five years before moving to London. While in Gaza, she was also highly involved in cultural initiatives for youth including Diwan Ghazza, the Palestine Literature Festival, among others.


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.


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.   


Nur Masalha
Associate Member
Nur Masalha

Professor Nur Masalha is a Palestinian historian and formerly Director of the Centre for Religion and History at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. He is Editor of “Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies”: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/hls, published by Edinburgh University Press. He is the author of many books on Palestine-Israel. His current work focuses on religion and politics in the Middle East, oral history and social memory theory, subaltern studies, new Palestinian and Israeli historiography, the Bible and Zionism, Holy Land toponymy, Jerusalem archaeology,  theologies of liberation in Palestine and Life-Long Learning in Palestine.

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.


Sahar Rad
Associate Member
Sahar Rad

Sahar Rad is a Lecturer in International Political Economy at King's College. She has previously taught at SOAS and the University of Westminster. Her research interests include Aid & International Development Assistance, Political Economy of Development, Conflict & Development, International Financial Institutions, Governance and Institution Building, Economics of the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: sahar.rad@kcl.ac.uk
  • Room: 476
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 & 13:00-14:00
Hadje Cresencio Sadje
Associate Member
Hadje Cresencio Sadje

Hadje Cresencio Sadje is a faculty member of the International Relations Studies Department of the Far Eastern University Manila and Social Sciences and Legal Studies Department of the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila, Philippines. He completed his Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies and is presently pursuing his Master of Arts in Theology specializing on Intercultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University-Groningen Netherlands.

Sadje’s research interests lie within the realm of postcolonial studies, Israel/Palestinian conflict, and religion in the public domain, International Relations theories, non-state actors and human rights discourse. Presently, he is a Visiting Lecturer of Diplomacy and International Relations subjects at Graduate School Program of International Relations in Universidade Da Paz Dili, Timor-Leste.


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.

Somdeep Sen
Associate Member
Somdeep Sen

Dr Somdeep Sen is a postdoc researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. His current research explores the interplay of spatial planning and architecture in Jerusalem and the West Bank as a means of propagating the settler colonial assertion that Palestinians as a people are non-existent.


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. 

Hanan Toukan
Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Hanan Toukan is a joint postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Free University Berlin where she is working on her research "From Visualization to Mobilization: A Cultural History of Palestinian Resistance in a Transnational Context".



PhD Student Associate Members

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.