SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr. Mark Laffey

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 

Dr Meera Sabaratnam

Undergraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Michael Buehler BA Politics

Dr Meera Sabaratnam BA International Relations

Dr Michael Buehler & Dr Meera Sabaratnam (BA Politics and International Studies)

Undergraduate Tutors

Dr Carlo Bonura (Student Welfare Tutor)
Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl (First Year Tutor)
Dr Tom Young (Second Year Tutor)
Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce (Third Year Tutor)

Postgraduate Tutor

Dr Dafydd Fell

Postgraduate Admissions Tutors/Programme Convenors

Dr. Alastair Fraser (African Politics)

Dr Enze Han (Asian Politics)

Dr Kerem Nisancioglu (International Politics)

Prof Charles Tripp (Middle East Politics)

Dr Yuka Kobayashi (Politics of China)

Dr Tat Yan Kong (State, Society and Development)

Prof Stephen Hopgood (Conflict, Rights and Justice)

Dr Matthew Nelson (Comparative Political Thought)

Dr Phil Clark (MRes in Politics with a Language)

Research Tutor

Dr Felix Berenskoetter

Research Admissions Tutor

Dr Bhavna Davé

Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Undergraduate Year 1 Tutor
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
Fiona Adamson
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Fiona Adamson

International Relations Theory; International Security; Migration and Diaspora Mobilization; Globalisation and Global Governance; Transnational Identity Movements

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4683
  • Email: fa33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 212
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies
Programme co-convenor MA in Iranian Studies
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
Rochana Bajpai
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Rochana Bajpai

Contemporary political theory, particularly multiculturalism; methodology, particularly political ideologies; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4750
  • Email: rb6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 208
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3pm - 5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2015/16

Felix Berenskoetter
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Research Tutor
Felix Berenskoetter
International Relations Theory, Concept Analysis, Identity, Power, Security, Time, Friendship, Transatlantic Relations, European Security, Sociology of the Discipline
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4682
  • Email: fb12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 222
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am - 1pm
Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Programme Convenor - BA Politics/BA Politics and
Buehler Michael

Comparative Politics, Elections and Party Politics, Islam, Local Politics, Southeast Asian Politics, particularly Indonesia

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4724
  • Email: mb107@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4412
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2pm - 4pm

Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of International Relations
Stephan Chan

Politics of southern Africa, normative values and non-Western methodologies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
  • Email: sc5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2015/16
Phil Clark
Reader in Comparative & International Politics
Programme Convenor- MSc African Politics Term 1 & 3
Programme Convenor- MRes Politics with (Language) Term 1 & 3
Phil Clark

History, Politics and Law of the African Great Lakes; Transitional Justice Theory and Practice; the Politics of Violence; Community-Based and Customary Law

  • Tel: 020 7898 4611
  • Email: pc44@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253a
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-12pm Term 1; by appointment : T3
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2015/16

Bhavna Davé
Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia
Research Admissions Tutor
Bhavna Dave

Kazakhstan: politics of language, ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet countries

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Lecturer in International Political Economy
Undergraduate Year 3 tutor
Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

International political economy, particular politics of world trade and history of neoliberalism; conceptual analysis of power and legitimacy; international political sociology.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4701
  • Email: me7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4411
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 2pm

Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Postgraduate Tutor - 2015/16
Convenor MSc Asian Politics
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
  • Email: df2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 201
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2- 4
Enze Han
Senior Lecturer in the International Security of East Asia
Programme Convenor - MSc Asian Politics
Research Seminar Chair
Enze Han

International Relations of East Asia, Chinese Politics, Ethnic Politics, Nationalism, Southeast Asia

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4364
  • Email: eh22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 252
  • On Sabbatical:2015-16

Stephen Hopgood
Professor of International Relations
Programme Convenor- Conflict Rights and Justice
Stephen Hopgood
International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm
Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
Alastair Fraser

African politics; the political economy of international development; democracy, participation and resistance.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4733
  • Email: af22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Room 4404
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am - 12pm

Salwa Ismail
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
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
Professor of Middle East Politics
Outreach and Communications
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

Yuka Kobayashi
Lecturer in China and International Politics
Environmental Issues/Green Representative
Programme Convenor- Politics of China
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4736
  • Email: yk37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4425
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-12pm, Terms 1 & 2
Tat Yan Kong
Reader in Comparative Politics and Development Studies
Programme Convenor- State, Society and Development
Postgraduate Exam Board Chair
Tat Yan Kong
Comparative Political Economy (East Asia): varieties of capitalism; socialist to market transitions; Security on the Korean Peninsula, Development Theory
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4743
  • Email: yk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 206
  • Office Hours: Term 3: Fridays 11am - 1pm or by appointment

Hagar Kotef
Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Politics
Hagar Kotef

Political Theory; postcolonial, feminist, and critical theory; political violence; liberal thought; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; movement and mobility; the formation of political identities.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4652
  • Email: hk11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3pm -4pm
Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Academic Board Member
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Office Hours: Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2015/16

Matthew J Nelson
MSc Comparative Political Thought - Programme Convenor and Admissions Tutor
Reader in Politics
Matthew Nelson
Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Thought, South Asia, Islam, non-elite politics, democracy.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Office Hours: Thurs. 3.30-5.30
Kerem Nisancioglu
Lecturer in International Relations
Programme Convenor - MSc International Politics
Kerem Nisancioglu

Eurocentrism; international historical sociology; World History; historical materialism; postcolonialism; critical race theory; the Ottoman Empire; Turkey; the Middle East

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4728
  • Email: kn18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 477
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11-1pm

Rahul Rao
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Rahul Rao
International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4405
  • On Sabbatical: 2015/16
Meera Sabaratnam
Lecturer in International Relations
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Meera Sabaratnam

North-South Relations, International Theory, postcolonial and feminist approaches, global history, Indian Ocean, southern Africa

  • Tel: 020 7898 4722
  • Email: ms140@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4413
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-4 and by appointment

Lawrence Sáez
Professor in the Political Economy of Asia
Knowledge Transfer and Third Stream Partnerships
Lawrence Saez

International political economy, comparative political economy, emerging markets; energy security; fiscal federalism; South Asia

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4725
  • Email: ls4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 202
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm
Julia C Strauss
Professor of Chinese Politics
Julia Strauss

State and society in China and Taiwan; Comparative Political Sociology; theatrical and performative dimensions of politics, interpretive methods, China-Africa, China-Latin America

  • Tel: 020 7898 4746
  • Email: js11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 207
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm

Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics
Research Methods Convenor
Kristin Surak

International migration, nationalism, ethnicity, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative sociology

Charles R H Tripp
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
Research Commitee Chair & REF Coordinator
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

Leslie Vinjamuri
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

Tom Young
Senior Lecturer in Politics with reference to Africa
Undergraduate Exam Board Chair
Undergraduate Year 2 Tutor
Tom Young

Southern Africa: international politics; South African domestic politics; political theory

  • Tel: 020 7898 4732
  • Email: ty@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 215
  • Office Hours: 11-1 Wednesdays

Rafeef Ziadah
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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


Teaching Fellows

Carlo Bonura
Senior Teaching Fellow
Student Welfare Tutor
Carlo Bonura
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4617
  • Email: cb84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4417
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3pm - 5pm
Bi-Yu Chang
Senior Teaching Fellow (Department of Politics and International Studies)
Bi-Yu Chang
Cultural politics; identity politics; spatial construction and cartographic representation; nationalism in Taiwan.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4508
  • Email: bc18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 267
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30 -2:30 (or by appointment)

Peter Chonka
Teaching Fellow
Peter Chonka

Nationalism and Islamism in public spheres in the Somali Horn of Africa.

Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Teaching Fellow
Manjeet Ramgotra
Political theory; contemporary liberalism; the history of political thought; notably Cicero, Machiavelli, Montesquieu and Rousseau
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: mr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am - 1pm

Igor Rogelja
Lecturer for China and International Politics
Igor Rogelja

Chinese politics, Taiwan, Urban politics, Comparative politics, Political geography

Maria Grazia Tosto
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maria Tosco

I am currently Invited Associate Editor for the Theoretical and Experimental Psychology Journal (Teoreticheskaya i Eksperimentalnaya Psihologiya). I joined SOAS in October 2015.


Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1pm - 2pm

Musab Younis
Teaching Fellow
Musab Younis

Musab Younis is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies.


Graduate Teaching Assistants

Emanuelle Degli Esposti
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Emanuelle Degliesposti

Emanuelle holds an MSc Middle East Politics from SOAS and is undertaking PhD research in political subjectivity, using the case study of the Iraqi Shi’a diaspora to explore issues of identity politics, psychosocial subjectivity and state power and agency. A writer and journalist, she has written about the Middle East for a variety of publications including the New Statesman, The Economist and the Telegraph. She is the founder and editor of online magazine The Arab Review, exploring arts and culture in the Arab world.    


Veronica Ferreri
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Ferreri Veronica

Migration and displacement, politics of memory, political violence, affective politics, Middle East, state-citizen relations, transnationalism.


Noga Glucksam
Tutor - Introduction to International Relations
Tutor - Introduction to Global History
Glucksam Noga

Social theory of international relations, international law, transitional justice, post-conflict reconstruction.
Regional focus: West Africa, great lake area


Akanksha Mehta
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Akanksha Mehta
I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. I am also a Teaching Assistant at the Centre as well as the Department of Politics and International Studies. My PhD research examines the 'everyday' politics of women in right-wing movements specifically looking at Hindu Nationalism in India and Israeli Zionist settlers in the West Bank, Palestine. I am broadly interested in the intersections of international relations, political theory, critical geography, and gender/feminism. I am also a published photographer and work towards bringing visual methods/methodologies into my academic research.

Kathryn Nash
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Kathryn Nash

I worked for the U.S. State Department for seven years.  My previous academic and professional background has focused on developing expertise in conflict resolution, election monitoring, East and Central Africa, and diplomacy.


Nithya Natarajan
Nithya Natarajan

My research adopts a political economy approach in trying to understand how the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has impacted chewing tobacco farmers in South India.


David Wearing
David Wearing

David's research focuses on British foreign policy in the Middle East. He writes regularly for the Guardian and other publications on domestic politics and international affairs.


Emeritus Professors


Research Associates

Hamed Quisay
Research Associate
Hamed Quisay

State and society in Egypt

Islamic political thought

Politics of resistance in Egypt

Research Methodology


Kathryn Dean
Research Associate
Kathryn Dean

Citizenship and radical democracy from the point of view of the thinking powers and knowledges needed for meaningful popular participation in governance. Related research is in the effects on thinking and knowledges of different modes of communication. Ongoing research is in the changes in thinking and knowing associated with digitalised modes of communication.

Michael Freeden
Professorial Research Associate
Michael Freeden

Political theory; history of political thought; comparative political thought; liberalism; modern ideologies; the nature of political thinking; conceptual history.


Sarah A. Son
Sarah Son

Dr. Sarah A. Son is a Post Doctoral Research Associate with the Department of Politics and International Studies.


Administrative Staff

Yvonne Henry
Department Student Officer - Postgraduate
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All current student queries should be directed through the Student Information Desk (SID). Prospective students & Alumni should direct enquiries to pgpolitics@soas.ac.uk.


Rafid Mahdi
Department Student Officer - Undergraduate
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All current student queries should be directed through the Student Information Desk (SID). Prospective students & Alumni should direct enquiries to pgpolitics@soas.ac.uk.