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: Mondays 11 - 1
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:Terms 1 & 2 2016/17

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2016/17
Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Programme Convenor - BA Politics/BA Politics and
Undergraduate Exam Chair
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
Postgraduate Exam Chair
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: Wednesdays 3 - 5
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2015/16
Phil Clark
Programme Convenor- MSc African Politics
Programme Convenor - MRes Politics with (Language)
Programme Convenor- MSc Conflict, Rights and Justice - Term 2
Reader in Comparative & International Politics
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 10am -12pm Term 1 & 2; by appt: Term 3

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2016/17
Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Lecturer in International Political Economy
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
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: Term 1: Tues 9:30 - 10:30 and Weds 9:30 - 10:30

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: 211
  • 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:2016/17

Stephen Hopgood
Professor of International Relations
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: 220
  • On Sabbatical:2016/17
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 2 2016/17
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:Terms 1 & 2 2016/17

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
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 1: Thursdays 1 - 3
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2016/17

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: 225
  • 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: Mondays 3pm - 5pm

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:Term 1 & 2 - 2016/17
Meera Sabaratnam
Lecturer in International Relations
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: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2 2016/17

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2016/17
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

Vineet Thakur
Lecturer
Programme Convenor - BA International Relations - Terms 2 & 3
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Before joining SOAS, Vineet was a Global Excellence Stature Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg.


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
Programme Convenor - BA International Relations - Term 1
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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2016/17

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2016/17
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: 205
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3pm - 5pm
Ryan Brading
Teaching Fellow
Ryan Brading

Populist politics in Latin America and East Asia. Analysis of populist discourse with post-structuralist methods.


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.


Ian Sanjay Patel
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Ian Sanjay Patel is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Politics and International Relations Department. Prior to this he was an Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Teaching Fellow
Manjeet Ramgotra
Political theory; articulations of republicanism in the history of political though (Cicero, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Rousseau) and comparative political thought (Nehru); contemporary liberalism and multiculturalism
  • 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

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Seyed Ali Alavi
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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.


Sabiha Allouche
Sabiha Allouche

I am a second year PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London, from which I obtained my MA in Gender Studies (2011-2012).

Barkindo Atta Athanasius
Barkindo Atta Athanasius

Fr. Atta Barkindo is a PhD student at SOAS and a Research Fellow of GICSC, University of South Florida, and Open Doors International, Netherlands. He consults for the Nigerian Deradicalization programme and his current PhD research was awarded the 2014 Horowitz grant for Social Policy

 



Veronica Ferreri
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Ferreri Veronica

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






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

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.