SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

Centre for Palestine Studies Members


Dr Dina Matar

Administrative Support (SOAS Middle East Institute)

Aki Elborzi

Dr Dina Matar
Centre Chair
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, international political communication; media and conflict; critical global media studies; activism and media; social movements; memory studies and oral history; diasporas and ethnic minorities.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
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  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Advisory Committee

Professor Gilbert Achcar
Advisory Committee Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
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  • Room: 292b
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment via email
Professor Izzat Darwazeh
Advisory Committee Member
Izzat Darwazeh

Professor of Communications engineering at UCL since 2006. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Palestine Studies (from 2013) . Founding member of the British Arab Association and member its executive committee (2008-2013), then Director from 2011.  Member of the Council for British Arab Understanding (Caabu).

Dr Adam Hanieh
Advisory Committee Member
Adam Hanieh

Political economy of labour migration, class and capitalism in the Middle East. With a focus on the the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Palestine, and the dynamics of regional accumulation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
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  • Room: 4419
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Dr Karma Nabulsi
Advisory Committee Member
Karma Nabulsi

Dr Karma Nabulsi is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.


Dr Hassan Hakimian
Emeritus Professor (former Director, LMEI)
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr Lori Allen
Lori Allen

Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; international law;  anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
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  • Room: 588
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon, 14.00-16.00 by appointment

Centre for Gender Studies

Professor Nadje Al-Ali
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

Dr Ruba Salih
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4245
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  • Room: 471
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for appointment

Department of Economics

Dr Hannah Bargawi
Hannah Bargawi
Feminist Economics; Gender and Employment; Care and Social Reproduction; Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Macroeconomic Policies and Employment; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Research Methods; Qualitative Methods; Middle East; Palestine; Jordan; Egypt; East Africa; Tanzania; Uganda.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
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  • Room: 278
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Professor Mushtaq Khan
Mushtaq Khan
South and South East Asia: institutional economics and political economy; the economics of rent seeking, corruption and patron-client networks; late industrialisation and the state
  • Tel: 020 7898 4546
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  • Room: 233
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2019/20

School of Finance and Management

Dr Sahar Rad
Sahar Rad

Dr Sahar T. Rad is a development economist focusing on the political economy of international development, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a PhD in development economics from SOAS. Her areas of research and work include international trade and investment, conflict and economic development, political transition and economic transformation, political economy of institutions, and the global development architecture. Dr Rad has taught international economics, political economy and development economics at King's College London, SOAS and the University of Westminster, and has also worked as a senior economist in several international development organisations, including the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, and the African Development Bank.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4145
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  • Room: 548
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 11 - 1

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

School of Law

Dr Brenna Bhandar
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
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  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 - 13:00 (Term 2)
Dr Nimer Sultany
Nimer Sultany

Public Law; Legal and Political Theory; Comparative Constitutionalism; Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4729
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  • Room: S228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10.00 – 12.00

Professor Lynn Welchman
Lynn Welchmann
Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
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  • Room: S235
  • Academic Support Hours: Please see profile for details

Library and Information Services (LIS)

Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Marlé Hammond
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
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  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 12-1pm
Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
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  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm, Thursday 2-3pm

Professor Stefan Sperl
Sperl Stefan

Arabic Literature Classical and Modern; Comparative Literature; Qur’an and Hadith Studies; Islamic Art; Sufism and Neoplatonism; Refugee and Exile Studies

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4338
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  • Room: 433
  • Academic Support Hours: On Sabbatical until September 2018

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl
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
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  • Room: 4410
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 9:00am-11:00am
Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human security; art, poetry, emotions as languages for global peace; political/social psychology; the global politics of power and resistance; global thought and comparative philosophies; Iran, East-West relations, West Asia and North Africa.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
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  • Room: 214
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm; Thursdays, 2.30-3.30pm

Professor Salwa Ismail
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.

Dr Hagar Kotef
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4652
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  • Room: 254
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm or by appointment

Dr Moriel Ram
Ram Moriel - CJS IMG 485 186 56

Israeli-Palestinian conflict, geopolitics and material culture

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  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10am - 11am
Dr Elian Weizman
Elian Weizman

Settler colonialism; Zionism; resistance; hegemony; law in society; Israeli state and society; Palestine; anticolonial solidarity; knowledge production in/on (settler) colonial contexts.

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  • Room: 4414
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 12.00 - 2.00 PM

Dr Rafeef Ziadah
Rafeef Ziadah

War and humanitarianism, racism and the security state, political economy and state formation in the Middle East, military and humanitarian logistics, Gulf Cooperation Council, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4359
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  • Room: 211
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 2)

Associate Members

Dr Farah Aboubakr
Associate Member
Farah Aboubakr

Dr Farah Aboubakr is a Teaching Fellow on the Postgraduate Arabic Programmes at the University of Edinburgh, Islamic and Middle Eastern Department in the United Kingdom. She obtained her PhD (2014) in Translation and Intercultural Studies, at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on a number of areas mainly: Palestinian popular culture and oral literature within memory, gender and cultural studies, identity development and relation to language, music and cinema in Palestine. Her latest publication is a monograph entitled The Folktales of Palestine: Cultural Identity, Memory and the Politics of Storytelling (2019) with IB Tauris in collaboration with SOAS Palestine Studies Centre.

Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh
Associate Member
Bashir Abu-Manneh

Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature, School of English, University of Kent

Research Interests: 

Global English and Literatures of the Middle East
Literary Realism & Modernism
Literary and Cultural Theory (Marxist and Postcolonial)

Dr Mai Abu Moghli
Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Mai Abu Moghli is a Palestinian/British human rights activist based in London. Mai holds a PhD from the Institute of Education, University College of London (IOE UCL). Her research focus is on human rights education in Palestinian Authority schools in the Occupied West Bank. Mai holds a Masters degree in human rights from the University of Essex and has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and education in the MENA region.

Dr Yaser Alashqar
Associate Member
Yaser Alashqar
Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), Ireland. Teaching and research interests: comparative politics Northern Ireland and Palestine, peace and conflict studies, NGOs and civil society, Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dr Hani Albasoos
Associate Member
Hani Albasoos

PhD (2005) in International Relations from the University of Bradford. Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Islamic University of Gaza, political analyst and leading member of a number of Palestinian academic and research institutions.

Dr Lana Asfour
Associate Member
Lana Asfour

Lana Asfour's articles and photographs have been published in the Times, BBC online, the Observer, the New Statesman, the Daily Star Beirut, Al Jazeera English, OpenDemocracy, Granta, the New York Review of Books blog, Counterpunch, the London Magazine, Executive magazine, Al-Araby English, and Glamour magazine. She writes news, analysis, opinion pieces, features and arts reviews.

She completed a PhD in English and French Literature at Oxford University, spending a year as a visiting researcher at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and has a Masters in Middle East Politics from SOAS. Before journalism, she taught at Queen Mary - University of London and at the Open University.

Her first book, Laurence Sterne in France (2008), received good reviews by the Times Literary Supplement and other journals. She has been named one of Granta’s "New Voices" in its Emerging Writers series.

Ms Sophia Brown
Associate Member
Sophia Brown

Sophia Brown is currently an Associate Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Kent, where she undertook her doctoral studies. Her thesis examined contemporary Palestinian life writing in English, focusing in particular on the theme of exile. She is also a member of the Postcolonial Studies Association, a Commissioning Editor for the Middle Eastern Literature and Culture section of The Literary Encyclopedia, as well as an active member of the International Auto/Biography Association’s Graduate Student and New Scholar Network and the co-editor of its blog.

Ms Patricia de Mayo
Associate Member
Patricia de Mayo

Patricia de Mayo is a musician, singer and composer. She plays the piano, the Arabic lute (al Oud), bass guitar and various percussion instruments. Her love of theatre and dance also led her to join the contemporary dance company Lorent Ballet during the nineties, and later on she became a professional flamenco dancer with Alma Flamenco. She also writes.

Ms Yasmeen Jawdat El Khoudary
Associate Member
Yasmeen El Khoudary

Yasmeen is a postgraduate student in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, with a focus on the archaeology of Gaza. She is currently involved with a number of placements on Palestinian archaeology in London, while conducting research for Almat'haf (the archaeological museum of Gaza), where she was working as a curator for five years before moving to London. While in Gaza, she was also highly involved in cultural initiatives for youth including Diwan Ghazza, the Palestine Literature Festival, among others.

Dr Toufic Haddad
Associate Member
Staff Silhouette

Toufic Haddad holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. He is co-author of Between the Lines: Israel, the Palestinians and the US War on Terror (2007) and previously worked as a journalist, editor and researcher in Jerusalem, including for different UN bodies.

Dr Lina Khamis
Associate Member
Lina Khamis

Lina Edward Khamis is an Assistant Professor in political science, human rights and democracy in the Department of Humanities at Bethlehem University. She has extensive work experience in the field of culture at UNESCO in Amman, Jordan.

Professor Nur Masalha
Associate Member
Nur Masalha

Professor Nur Masalha is a Palestinian historian and formerly Director of the Centre for Religion and History at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. He is Editor of “Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies”:, published by Edinburgh University Press. He is the author of many books on Palestine-Israel. His current work focuses on religion and politics in the Middle East, oral history and social memory theory, subaltern studies, new Palestinian and Israeli historiography, the Bible and Zionism, Holy Land toponymy, Jerusalem archaeology,  theologies of liberation in Palestine and Life-Long Learning in Palestine.

Mr Munir Nuseibah
Associate Member
Munir Nuseibah

Munir Nuseibah is a human rights lawyer and academic based in Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine. He is an assistant professor at Al-Quds University's faculty of law; the director (and co-founder) of Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic, the first accredited clinical legal education program in the Arab World; and the director of the Community Action Center in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. degree in Law from Al-Quds University; an LL.M in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington DC and a PhD degree from the University of Westminster in London, UK, which he acquired after successfully defending his thesis entitled: Forced Displacement in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, International Law, and Transitional Justice.

Dr Sharri Plonski
Associate Member
Sharri Plonski

Dr Sharri Plonski is a part-time lecturer and researcher at SOAS, University of London. Her research sits at the nexus of critical political geography, border spaces and community struggles in Israel/Palestine, with her current projects range from investigations into the ontology of global transport corridors, political settlements in borderland contexts and (settler) colonial relations in the Middle East. Dr Plonski’s first book will be published in 2017 as part of the new SOAS Palestine Studies Book Series with I.B. Tauris, under the title Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space.

Mr Hadje Cresencio Sadje
Associate Member
Hadje Cresencio Sadje

Hadje Cresencio Sadje is a faculty member of the International Relations Studies Department of the Far Eastern University Manila and Social Sciences and Legal Studies Department of the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila, Philippines. He completed his Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies and is presently pursuing his Master of Arts in Theology specializing on Intercultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University-Groningen Netherlands.

Sadje’s research interests lie within the realm of postcolonial studies, Israel/Palestinian conflict, and religion in the public domain, International Relations theories, non-state actors and human rights discourse. Presently, he is a Visiting Lecturer of Diplomacy and International Relations subjects at Graduate School Program of International Relations in Universidade Da Paz Dili, Timor-Leste.

Dr Hicham Safieddine
Associate Member
Hicham Safieddine

Lecturer in the history of the modern Middle East at King's College, London.

Main interests: Political Economy of Arab state-building with emphasis on central banking; Arab and Islamic Intellectual history with emphasis on economic thought; History of Palestinian/Arab Israeli Conflict.

Dr Sobhi Samour
Associate Member
Sobhi Samour

Sobhi Samour has finished his PhD thesis entitled The Palestinian economy between settler colonial invasion and neoliberal management, in the Department of Economics at SOAS in 2016. He is the 2017 recipient of the Ibrahim Abu Lughod Award in Palestine Studies, Columbia University. His research interests include comparative political economy of settler colonialism, economic history, economic sociology, institutional and development economics. He has taught at SOAS, Bethlehem University and Birzeit University and worked as an economist with UNDP, UNCTAD and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS).

Professor Tom Selwyn
Associate Member
Tom Selwyn

Tom Selwyn is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, Visiting Professor at Breda University, The Netherlands, and Bethlehem University, Palestine. He was awarded Leverhulme Emeritus Professorial Research Fellowship in 2014. He is widely published in the field of the anthropology of tourism/pilgrimage/cultural heritage with regional interests in the Mediterranean, in particular Palestine/Israel. He directed/co-directed four major research and development projects in the Mediterranean region for the European Commission between 1990 and 2010 and founded the MA in the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage (ATTP) at SOAS in 2010. He co-convenes the SOAS ATTP summer school, was awarded the Lucy Mair medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009, and was Hon.Librarian of the RAI library collection at the British Museum for a decade. He is co-editor (with Nicola Frost) of the series Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials, and Homecomings for Berghahn publishers and co-editor of Travelling Towards Home (2018) in that series. He is author of “Tourism, Travel, and Pilgrimage” in Callan,H, (ed) (2018) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (Wiley), “Brexit, Grenfell, Windrush, and the mooring, un-mooring, and re-mooring of home” in Ethnoscripts (2019), “The politics of Palestinian suffering, commemoration, and belonging” (review article) JRAI (2020), Foreword to Andrews, H (ed) Brexit and Tourism: Travel, Borders and Identity Channel View (2020), and “Why People Travel”, Independent Travel Commission (2021).

Dr Somdeep Sen
Associate Member
Somdeep Sen

Dr Somdeep Sen is a postdoc researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University. His current research explores the interplay of spatial planning and architecture in Jerusalem and the West Bank as a means of propagating the settler colonial assertion that Palestinians as a people are non-existent.

Mrs Nibal Thawabteh
Associate Member
Nibal Thawabteh
Nibal Thawabteh has been the Director of the Media Development Center at Birzeit University since 2008 and has worked in media training and production in Palestine for more than ten years. She is the Editor in Chief for Al-Hal newspaper and she is the board chairwoman of Ma’an Palestinian News Agency. Nibal was awarded an international Women Of Courage award in 2008 (USA) and has published several books, she holds a Masters degree in management and educational training.

Dr Teodora Todorova
Associate Member
Teodora Todorova

Teodora is a Teaching Fellow in the Sociology department at Warwick. Prior to September 2016 she worked in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Nottingham. Her recent doctoral thesis (2013) explored the practices and narratives of three case study Israeli civil society groups responding to the call for decolonisation, right of return, and equality by Palestinian counterparts.

PhD Student Associate Members