SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

PhD Students

Haya Al -Noaimi
Haya Al-Noaimi

‘The Protectors of Our Nation’: Discourses of Protection and the Construction of Masculinities in the Qatari and Emirati Militaries

Sabiha Allouche
Sabiha Allouche

Beyond Religion and the Law: Marriage, Love, and Desire in the Time of Sectarianism (an empirical examination of everyday practices of love in contemporary Lebanon)

Alaya Forte
Alaya Forte

New forms of political inclusion or mere tokenism? Reading political representation from a gender and minority perspective in British and French government (working title)

Haje Keli
Haje Keli

An analysis of the gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan – state, society and family violence [working title]

Isabel Käser
Isabel Käser

From Gendered Violence to Gendered Resistance: the PKK-led Kurdish Women's Movement in Bakur, Başur, Rojhelat and Rojava

Michelle Lokot
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Gendered roles & (im)mobilities among Syrian refugees in Jordan: the implications for humanitarian practice [working title]

Recently Completed PhDs: 


  • Exile from Exile: The Representation of Cultural Memory in Literary Texts by Exiled Iranian Jewish Women
  • Body and Sexuality: Narratives of two generations of Iranian women
  • 'Mirror on the wall, am I desirable at all?' Sex, pleasures and the market in postcolonial Italy
  • Female Disengagement from the Labour Market in Beirut: Structures, Strategies and Subjectivities


  • Iranian Feminisms: Transnational connectivities between homes and diasporas
  • Women’s Rights in Postcolonial States: A case study of the Institution of Wilaya over women in Jordan and Yemen
  • Intersections of Religion, Nation, and Gender: Faith Based Responses to the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines
  • Occupational Hazard or Patriarchal Entitlement? : Feminist Analysis of the Dynamics of Violence in Ethiopian Sex Work


  • Active (Dis)engagement: The Gendered Production of Political Apathy in Israel
  • In Whose Interests? The Politics of Gender Equality in Jordan
  • Guerrilla Girls: Rebellious Women of the Japanese 1960s-1970s 'Pinky Violence' Films


  • Exile from Exile: The Representation of Cultural Memory in Literary Texts by Exiled Iranian Jewish Women