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Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics Department Staff

Head of Department

Prof Salwa Ismail 

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 

Dr Meera Sabaratnam

Undergraduate Tutors

Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Dr Carlo Bonura (Student Welfare Tutor)
Dr Banu Bargu (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 Phil Clark (African Politics - Terms 1 and 3)
Dr Tom Young (African Politics - Term 2)
Dr Enze Han (Asian Politics)
Dr Mark Laffey (International Politics)
Prof Charles Tripp (Middle East Politics - Term 1)
Prof Laleh Khalili (Middle East Politics - Terms 2-3)
Dr Yuka Kobayashi (Politics of China)
Dr Tat Yan Kong (State, Society and Development)
Dr Leslie Vinjamuri and Dr Stephen Hopgood (Conflict, Rights and Justice)
Dr Rahul Rao (Comparative Political Thought)
Dr Matthew Nelson (MRes in Politics with a Language)

Research Tutor

Dr Felix Berenskoetter

Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Undergraduate Year 1 Tutor
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  • Nationalism in the Middle East
  • Foreign Policy Making in the Middle East
  • Egyptian Politics and History
  • Turkish Politics and History
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
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 2-3, 2013/14

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosphies
Undergraduate Tutor
Programme Convenor - BA International Relations/International Relations and
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
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
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2013/14

Felix Berenskoetter
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Research Tutor
Felix Berenskoetter International Relations Theory, Identity, Power, Friendship, Transatlantic Relations, European Security
  • Tel: 0207 898 4682
  • Email: fb12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 222
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-12:00
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: Tuesdays 2-4

Phil Clark
Reader in Comparative & International Politics
Postgraduate Research Training Coordinator
Programme Convenor- African Politics
Admissions Tutor African 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: Weds 10:00-12:00(T1); On leave by appt(T3)
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
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2013/14

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Undergraduate Year 3 tutor
Lecturer in International Political Economy
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: 020 7898 4701
  • Email: me7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4411
  • Office Hours: Mondays, 10-12pm
Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Postgraduate Tutor - Term 1
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
Research Seminar Chair
Enze Han

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

  • Tel: 02078984364
  • Email: eh22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 252
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Stephen Hopgood
Professor in International Relations
Programme Convenor- Conflict Rights and Justice
Stephen Hopgood International relations theory; international politics in the twentieth century; theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm

Salwa Ismail
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
Head of Department
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
Professor of Middle East Politics
Outreach and Communications
On research leave until 2017
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

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

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: 020 7898 4743
  • Email: yk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 206
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4pm

Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Programme Convenor - International Politics
Admissions Tutor - International Politics
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: Mondays 4-6pm & by appointment
Matthew J Nelson
Reader in Politics
Member, FLSS Faculty Board
Programme Convenor- Comparative Political Thought
Matthew Nelson Politics of South Asia, Politics of Islam, Islam and democracy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Office Hours: Thurs. 3.30-5.30

Lauge Poulsen
Senior Research Fellow in International Political Economy
Lauge Poulsen

Political economy; international law; foreign investment; energy

Rahul Rao
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Programme Convenor- Comparative Political Thought
Rahul Rao International Security; Indian foreign policy; Political Theory; Social Movements; Human Rights
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm

Meera Sabaratnam
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: Thursdays 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
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2013/14
Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics
Postgraduate Tutor - Term 2 and 3
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
Admissions Tutor - Middle East Politics
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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2013/14

Hedi Viterbo
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Hedi Viterbo

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

Tom Young
Senior Lecturer in Politics with reference to Africa
Undergraduate Year 2 Tutor
Undergraduate Exams Officer and Exam Board Chair
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: 1-3 Wednesdays

Teaching Fellows

Sanaa Alimia
Teaching Fellow
Sanaa Alimia
Carlo Bonura
Senior Teaching Fellow
Student Welfare Tutor
Carlo Bonura
  • Tel: 020 7898 4617
  • Email: cb84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4417
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm

Peter Brett
Teaching Fellow
Peter Brett

Political science of Africa, socio-legal studies, political theory, historical approaches to international relations.

Bi-Yu Chang
Senior Teaching Fellow in Taiwan Studies
Bi-Yu Chang Cultural politics; identity politics; spatial construction and cartographic representation; nationalism in Taiwan.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4525
  • Email: bc18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 267
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1-2pm (or by appointment)

Sami Everett
Teaching Fellow
Sami Everett

Samuel (Sami) Everett obtained an MA in Near and Middle East Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2007.  As a scholar of the Mediterranean and North Africa specifically, he has fluency in French, English, Spanish and Maghribi Arabic.

  • Email: se8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 571
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am-1pm or by email appointment
Steve Itugbu
Steve Itugbu

Steve Itugbu obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the SOAS, University of London. Preceding his doctoral studies, he had served as an aide to Nigeria's former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


Tara Povey
Senior Teaching Fellow in the Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Tara Povey
Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Teaching Fellow
Manjeet Ramgotra Political theory; contemporary liberalism; the history of political thought; notably Cicero, Machiavelli, Montesquieu and Rousseau
  • Tel: 4573
  • Email: mr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm

Shirin Shafaie
Teaching Fellow
Shirin Shafaie
Alexej Ulbricht
Teaching Fellow
Alexej Ulbricht

Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4757
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Friday 3-4pm
Elian Weizman
Teaching Fellow
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Research Professors

Jack Snyder
Research Professor
Jack Snyder

International relations theory, international security, and human rights.


Research Associates

David Harris
Research Associate
David Harris Sierra Leone and Liberia; elections after conflict; rebel groups and political parties
Ming-chin Monique Chu
Research Associate
Monique Chu

Kathryn Dean
Research Associate
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Stephen Heder
Research Associate
Stephen Heder South East Asia, particularly Cambodia: political violence

Corinna Mullin
Research Associate
Corinna Mullin

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




Administrative Staff

Yvonne Henry
Faculty Officer (Student Support) - Postgraduate
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Caroline Strickson
Department Manager
Caroline Strickson