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Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics Department Staff

Head of Department

Professor Lawrence Saez

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 Phil Clark (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

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 Philosphies
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: Wednesdays 1-3pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2015/16
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: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: Thursdays 11am - 1pm
Michael Buehler
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 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: 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
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: +44(0) 20 7898 4701
  • Email: me7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4411
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 2pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2015/16

Michael Farquhar
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Michael Farquhar
  • Tel: Ext. 4498
  • Email: m.farquhar@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4414
  • Office Hours: Fridays 9 - 10:30 am or by appointment
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
Research Seminar Chair
Programme Convenor - MSc Asian Politics
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: Tuesdays 2-4pm
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.

  • Email: hk11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3pm -4pm or by appointment

Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in 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: Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2015/16
Matthew J Nelson
Reader in Politics
Member, FLSS Faculty Board
MSc Comparative Political Thought - Programme Convenor and Admissions Tutor
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

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

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
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

  • 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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2015/16

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: 11-1 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: Tuesday 1-2 and Friday 1-2
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
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Nationalism and Islamism in public spheres in the Somali Horn of Africa.

Kiran Hassan
Senior Teaching Fellow
Kiran Hassan

Foreign and security policy issues in South Asia, Specifically focusing around Indo-Pak relations, Afghanistan -Pakistani relations.  

Political communication and the role of private electronic media in South Asia (specific Pakistan).

Ashley Lenihan
Lecturer in Conflicts, Rights and Justice and The International Organisation of World Politics
Ashley Lenihan

International political economy (IPE) of security (economic power, international finance and national security,      sovereign wealth funds)

International law (war crimes, international institutions and organisation)

Research and the policy-making process (evidence-based policy)


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: +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

Gerasimos Tsourapas
Senior Teaching Fellow
Gerasimos Tsourapas

Diaspora Politics; Emigration; Authoritarianism in the Middle East; Egyptian and Tunisian Politics.

Alexej Ulbricht
Teaching Fellow
Alexej Ulbricht

Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4573
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm

Research Associates

David Harris
Research Associate
David Harris Sierra Leone and Liberia; elections after conflict; rebel groups and political parties
Hamed Quisay
Research Associate
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State and society in Egypt

Islamic political thought

Politics of resistance in Egypt

Research Methodology

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
Corinna Mullin

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

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

Administrative Staff

Marina English
Department Academic Officer
Marina English
Karoline Hecker
Department Student Officer - Undergraduate, International Relations
Karoline Hecker

All current student queries should be directed through the Student Information Desk (SID). Prospective students & Alumni should direct enquiries to kh35@soas.ac.uk

  • Tel: 0207 898 4269
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday AM, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

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

The Department Student Officer (DSO) is available to support and guide students through any issues they may be facing throughout their postgraduate degree, the DSO works closely with the department's student representatives and welfare departments across the School, to provide specialised support to all postgraduate students within the Politics department. Current students can contact their DSO for information and guidance on class attendance, course work deadlines and submission as well as mitigating circumstances and timetable queries.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4405
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday
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 ugpolitics@soas.ac.uk 

The Department Student Officer (DSO) is available to support and guide students through any issues they may be facing throughout their undergraduate degree, the DSO works closely with the department's student representatives and welfare departments across the School, to provide specialised support to all undergraduate students within the Politics department. Current students can contact their DSO for information and guidance on class attendance, course work deadlines and submission as well as mitigating circumstances and timetable queries.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4401
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday

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