SOAS University of London

New SOAS Pro-Director (International) appointed

7 July 2017
Stephen Hopgood

Professor Stephen Hopgood has been appointed to the new role of Pro-Director (International) of SOAS University of London. Reporting to the School Director, Baroness Valerie Amos, the Pro-Director (International) is responsible for the development and delivery of the School's international strategy.

Baroness Amos said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Stephen to this important new role at SOAS. Stephen brings significant experience and understanding of international issues and a strong track record within SOAS. He will be a key member of the senior team as we take the School forward.

"The Pro Director international is a vital role for SOAS and will ensure that we continue our strong tradition of providing a truly international environment for our students and staff based on scholarship of the highest-quality, inspired by world-leading research and teaching.”

Professor Hopgood said: “It is a great privilege to take up this new role at SOAS as we look to the next stage in our development. After more than 20 years of teaching and publishing at SOAS, I am very happy to be given the opportunity to contribute at a more senior level to making SOAS even more successful as it begins its second centenary.

“SOAS has a tremendous wealth of international engagement and there is significant potential to build on this in the sort of positive ways set out in the SOAS International Strategy. I look forward to working closely with senior colleagues - particularly the heads of Schools and Departments, the Directors of our Institutes and members of professional services - to ensure effective delivery of the new strategy.”

Professor Stephen Hopgood is Professor of International Relations at SOAS. He has also been the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ). His main area of interest is the international politics of human rights and humanitarianism.

From 2009-2012, he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship which culminated in the book, The Endtimes of Human Rights. This follows on from his ethnography of Amnesty International, Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International, which won the American Political Science Association Best Book in Human Rights Award in 2007.

He has a D Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. His recent publications include Human Rights Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2017) – a collected volume Stephen has edited with Leslie Vinjamuri (SOAS) and Jack Snyder (Columbia) in which mainstream and critical human rights scholars together examine the empirical and normative debates around the future of human rights.

The Pro-Director (International) is responsible for all matters relating to international engagement, including the development of transnational education, building international institutional and research partnerships and growing the profile of SOAS outside the UK. 

Professor Hopgood will take up the role with effect from 1 August. The appointment initially is for a period of two years.