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.
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.
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).
Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; international law; anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/hls, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.