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Department of Politics and International Studies

Research Students in the Politics Department

Information on SOAS Scholarships

Examples of Recently Awarded PhDs
  • Barrie Collins, The Rwandan War 1990-1994: Interogating the Dominant Narrative (2010)
  • Suthaharan Nadarajah, Clash of Governmentalities: Liberal Peace, Tamil Freedom, and the 2001-2006 Peace Process in Sri Lanka (2010)
    David Rampton, Deeper Hegemony: The Populist Politics of Sinhala Nationalist Discontent and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in Sri Lanka (2010)
  • Carl Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Social Imperialism- and how it was applied in the Bombay Presidency 1895-1925 (2010)
  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins, Israeli and Palestinian activism and the Separation Wall: A Challenge to Hegemony? (2009)
  • Christine Ryan, Raised by war: child soldiers of the Southern Sudan during the second civil war (2009)
  • Julia Gallagher, The Good State: Britain, Africa and the Ethical Foreign Policy, 1997-2007 (2009)
  • Maria Aurora Sottimano, Economic Discourse in Ba'thist Syria: Continuities and Changing Strategies (2009)
  • Daniel Scott Neep, Colonising Violence: Insurgency, Space and Subjectivity in French Mandate Syria (2009)
  • Evaleila Pesaran, Negotiating Independent Economic Growth: The Debate Over Foreign Investment in Post-Revolutionary Iran (2008)
  • David Harris, Post-Conflict Elections or Post-Elections Conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia (2008)
  • Basak Ince, Construction and Redefinition of Citizenship in Turkey (2008)
  • Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, The Overdeveloping State: The Politics of Common Sense in Pakistan, 1971-2007 (2008)
  • Nicholas Hostettler, A Critical Theory of Eurocentrism (2008)
  • Hanan Toukan, Art, Aid, Affect: Locating the Political in Post-Civil
    War Lebanon’s Contemporary Cultural Practices
    (2012)
  • Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Economic and symbolic power in Lebanon (2012)
  • Sambaiah Gundimeda, Mapping Dalit Politics in Contemporary India: A
    Study in Political Sociology
    (2012)
  • Sophia Hoffmann, Disciplining Movement: Sovereignty in the Context of
    Iraqi Migration to Syria
    (2012)
  • Hania Sobhy, Education and the Production of Citizenship in the Late
    Mubarak Era: Privatization, Discipline and the Construction of the
    Nation in Egyptian Secondary Schools
    (2012)
  • Tanya Walker, Shari'a Councils in England: The Role of Authority and
    the Authoritative
    (2012)

Current research students

Veronica Ferreri
Ferreri Veronica

Creating a Syrian Subject, perceiving the Syrian State. Displacement, violence and fantasy of the state among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Michael A. Innes
Michael Innes

Analogies at Risk: Afghanistan, Iraq, and US Foreign Policy, 2001-2011


Lili Liu
Lili Liu

China's upper-middle class in environmental public participation and the emergence of environmental movement

Kathryn Nash
Kathryn Nash

“African led mediation and negotiation processes to end violent conflict in Africa”


Maria Rashid Zaidi
Maria Maria

War in Imagined Battlefields: Men and Masculinities in the Service of the Nation

Muthoni Wanyeki
Muthoni Wanyeki-l

‘African solutions for African problems’: the question of member states’ compliance with the African Union using Kenya as a case study


Seyed Ali Alavi
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Iranian-Palestinian Relations and the broader Middle East Politics.

Sasan Aghlani
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Security from Qom to Tehran: Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation in the Islamic Republic of Iran under Wilayat al-Faqih


Nadiya Ali
Nadiya Ali

Identity, Boundaries and Security: Preservation amidst Uncertainty

Sameen Ali
Sameen Ali

Politicians and Bureaucrats in Pakistan - A Special Relationship: Power and Patronage in Comparative Perspective (Working Title)


Barkindo Atta
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Impunity and Political Violence: Boko Haram in Nigeria Since 1999

Jonathan R. Beloff
Jonathan Beloff

“The Geopolitical Affects of Rwanda’s Possible Mineral Wealth”


Emma Birikorang
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Emerging regional security threats in West Africa; implications for regional security

Nick Branson
Nick Branson

Exploiting Extraversion: How Hybrid Regimes Mitigate Donor Demands for Political Liberalisation and Democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa (Provisional)


Julie Broome
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The impact of international and domestic prosecutions in post-conflict or post-authoritarian countries on the establishment of the rule of law

Johann Chacko
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Redefining Pakistan: Mapping Deobandi institutional responses to nationalism and the nation-state from Zia to Musharraf.


Felix Marco Conteh
Felix Conteh

Governance Reforms in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of the Conception, Design and implementation of the Decentralization programme and its Impacts – A Political Economy Approach

Emanuelle Degli Esposti
Emanuelle Degliesposti

Through the Fractured Looking Glass: The (Re)Production of Identity in the Political Life of the Iraqi Shi’a Diaspora


Ini Dele-Adedeji
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The Transmogrification of the Jamā'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad (a.k.a. Boko Haram): Islam, Islamic Identities & Mobilisation within Northern Nigeria

Margarita Dimova
Margarita Dimova

Dealing with the State: The Heroin Trade in Kenya


James Eastwood
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The ethics of Israeli militarism: conflict and confession since 1982

George Fernee
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Representing Reality: Images of Iran in U.S. Cultural Discourses


Noga Glucksam
Glucksam Noga

Justice and Social Peacebuilding: How Transitional Justice Affects Normative Changes in Post-Civil War Societies


Abdullai Haroon
Abdullai Haroon

Ghanaian Political Thought on the Governance of the Formal State and that of Chieftaincy: with Special Reference to Dispute, Conflict and Thought in Dagbon

Richard Howarth
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‘A New White Man’s Burden?’ The implications of racial identities on wildlife management practices in Tanzania.


Cathy Huser
Catherine Huser

The politics of protection at the micro level of armed conflict: Case studies from the Central African Republic & South Sudan

Freya Irani
Freya-Irani

The Jurisprudence of Jurisprudence and the Economic Constitution of U.S. Sovereignty, 1945-Present


Hae Won Jeong
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A Critical Analysis of State-Society Relations in Post-Gulf War Kuwait

Andrew Richard Johnston
Andrew Johnston

The Political Genocide of Cambodia, a comparative study.


Marco Jowell
Marco Jowell

An Analysis of Peacekeeping Training Centres in Africa

Salam Karam
Salam Karam

Constitution-making process in Iraq


Amir Khnifess
Amir Khnifess

The Collective Action of the Druze in Israel: Between Politics of Accommodation and Politics of Contention

Myung Ja Kim
Mung Ja Kim

Diaspora and Divided Homeland: How Does Geopolitics Affect the Identity of the Zainichi


Priya Kumar
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“Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievance: An Analysis of Transnational Diaspora Linkages and Mobilization Outcomes” (Preliminary title)

Hugh Lamarque
Hugh Lamarque

Insulating the Borderland: Policing practice in African frontiers


Daniel Large
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Fantastic Invasions: intervention and the politics of the international in Sudan

Bala Mohammed Liman
Bala Mohammed Liman

Conflict and Identity in Nigeria: The Emergence of a Culture of Conflict In Northern Nigeria


Ed Marques
Ed Marques

Libyan Revolutionary Diplomacy: February to December 2011

Sabrina Mondschein van den Bos
Sabrina Mondschein van den Bos

New Foreign Policy Actors: A Case-Study of China-Colombia Relations in the Petroleum Industry


Jamil Mouawad
Jamil Mouawad

Lebanon: The Negotiated State (Working Title)

Najia Mukhtar
Najia Mukhtar

Discourses of resistance? Examining spaces of religious tolerance in contemporary Pakistani society.


Sruthi Muraleedharan
Sruthi Muraleedharan

Symbolic Encounters: Identarian Performativity and Political Subjectivity [Tentative]

Tahani Mustafa
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Deconstructing the International State-Building Paradigm: The Case of the Occupied Palestinian Territories


Heba Negm
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Anna C Rader
Anna Rader

Identity in Practice: Legibility, Authentication and Citizenship in Somaliland


Lucas Robinson
Lucas Robinson

New cities, new phones, new politics: accounting for political legitimacy among transnational Afghans and Somalis


Igor Rogelja
Igor Rogelja

Production of Creative Space in Taiwan and China

Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara
Frank Rusagara

Post Genocide Rwanda Military Intergration (MI): The case Study of Ingando


Behar Sadriu
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Broadcasting ‘Soft Power’: Rhetoric and Networks as tools of Turkey’s Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans

Marwa Salem Mamdou
Marwa Salem Mamdou

The Feeble Giant: Analysing Egypt’s Foreign policy towards some African issues


Benjamin Schuetze
Benjamin Schuetze

Unforeseen and Contradictory Consequences of US and European Democracy Promotion in Jordan

Arash Sedighi
Arash Sedighi

Rhizomatic Responses: The Politics of Women's Football in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Mark Sedra
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Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Mohammad Ali Shabani
Mohammad Ali Shabani

Shi’a Brothers, Shi’a Rivals; Competition and Cooperation between Iran and Post-Saddam Iraq


Khaled Shaalan
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The Political Agency and Role of the Egyptian Upper Middle Class

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Shijin Shin
Shijin Shin

China’s Soft Power and Strategies: A Case Study of China-South Korea Relations


Goktug Sonmez
Goktug Sonmez

Grand Strategy in the Making: The Case of Turkey and the Interplay between International and Domestic Factors, 2002-2011

James H. Sunday
James H Sunday

In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Power, Politics, and Participation in Contemporary Egypt


Hagar Taha
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The Local Element of Peace: Role of Indigenous Civil Societies in Intervention and Conflict Resolution – Cases of Darfur (Sudan) and Somaliland (Northern Somalia)

Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor

New threats and new opportunities. Japan’s (re)engagement in Africa. The case of South Sudan


Gerasimos Tsourapas
Gerasimos Tsourapas

Trading People, Consolidating Power: Authoritarianism and the Institutionalisation of Emigration in Egypt

Andrea Valente
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Energy Security Policy Decisions: The Cases of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia

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Michael Edward Walsh
Michael Edward Walsh

“Troubled Waters: The Social Construction of Somali Piracy as a Security Threat in Post-Cold War Japan and Germany”

Bendetta de Alessi
Benedetta de Alessi

From liberation movement to State: the transformation of the SPLM/A in the context of implementation of the CPA in Sudan