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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 Programme Convenors

Dr Michael Buehler (BA Politics)

Prof Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (BA International Relations)

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 (Term 1)

Dr Kristin Surak (Terms 2 & 3)

Postgraduate Admissions Tutors/Programme Convenors

Dr Phil Clark (African Politics)
Dr Enze Han (Asian Politics)
Dr Mark Laffey (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 Rahul Rao (Comparative Political Thought)
Dr Matthew Nelson (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
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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:Term 1, 2014/15

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosphies
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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3, 2014/15
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:2014/15

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: Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm
Michael Buehler
Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Programme Convenor - BA Politics/BA Politics and
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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 4-6pm

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
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 (T1 & T2); by appointment (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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm
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: Tuesdays 12.30-13.30 and Thursdays 13.00-14.00

Michael Farquhar
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2014/15

Enze Han
Senior Lecturer in the International Security of East Asia
Research Seminar Chair
Programme Convenor - MSc Asian Politics
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 of International Relations
Programme Convenor- Conflict Rights and Justice
Associate Dean (Research)
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: Tuesday 2-4pm

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
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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4736
  • Email: yk37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4425
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11-1pm
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
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- MRes Politics with (Language)
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

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
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: 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


Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics
Postgraduate Tutor - Terms 2 and 3
Research Methods Convenor
Kristin Surak

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

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20-7898-4749
  • Email: kristin.surak@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 262
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Tuesdays 2-4pm, Term 2: Fridays 1-3pm
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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
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 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

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
Bi-Yu Chang
Research Associate
Deputy Director of Centre of Taiwan Studies
Senior Teaching Fellow
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
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
Konstantinos Tsimonis
Teaching Fellow
Konstantinos Tsimonis

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
Department Student Officer - Postgraduate
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Caroline Strickson
Department Manager
Caroline Strickson
  • Tel: 020 7898 4357
  • Email: cs71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday

Rafid Mahdi
Department Student Officer - Undergraduate
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