SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr Mark Laffey

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 
Undergraduate Programme Convenors
Undergraduate Tutors
Postgraduate Tutor
Postgraduate Admissions Tutors/Programme Convenors
Research Tutor
Research Admissions Tutor
Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
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
  • Email: ra47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4410
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2, 2018/19
Fiona Adamson
Reader in International Relations
Director of Research
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
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies
PhD Admissions Tutor - Terms 2 & 3
Programme co-convenor MA in Iranian Studies
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
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: On Leave
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2018/19
Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière
Lecturer in International Relations and Migration
Programme Convenor - BA International Relations, Term 1
Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière

International relations and migration; religion and migration; French-North African relations; Christianity in North Africa; political theology; education and governance.


Rochana Bajpai
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Co-convenor, MSc Asian Politics
Rochana Bajpai

Contemporary political theory, particularly multiculturalism; comparative political thought, particularly political ideologies; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4750
  • Email: rb6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: On Leave
Felix Berenskoetter
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Programme Convenor, MSC International Politics (Terms 2 & 3)
Felix Berenskoetter
International Relations Theory, Concept Analysis, Identity, Power, Security, Time, Friendship, Transatlantic Relations, European Security, Sociology of the Discipline

Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Co-convenor, MSc Asian Politics
Staff Silhouette

Comparative Politics, Elections and Party Politics, Islam, Local Politics, Southeast Asian Politics, particularly Indonesia

Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of International Relations
Programme Convenor, MSc African Politics
Stephen Chan

Politics of southern Africa, normative values and non-Western methodologies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
  • Email: sc5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 4pm - 6pm

Phil Clark
Co-convenor - MSc Conflict, Rights and Justice
Reader in Comparative & International Politics
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10am -12pm Term 1 & 2; by appt: Term 3
Bhavna Davé
Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia
Bhavna Dave

Kazakhstan: politics of language, ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet countries

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Wednesdays 11:30-12:30, Thursdays 10-11am
Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Postgraduate Tutor
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
  • Email: df2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11.00 - 1.00PM

Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
PhD Research Tutor
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 10.00 - 12.00 PM
Julia Gallagher
Professor of African Politics
Julia Gallagher

African politics and international relations, popular conceptions of the state, architecture, images and politics in Africa, fieldwork methodologies.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4753
  • Email: jg35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 215
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 3-5pm

Stephen Hopgood
Professor of International Relations
Stephen Hopgood
International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
Salwa Ismail
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
Programme Convenor, MSc State, Society and Development
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-3 pm; and Fridays 2-3 pm

Laleh Khalili
Professor of Middle East Politics
MSc Middle East Politics Programme Convenor
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-4.30pm and Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Yuka Kobayashi
Lecturer in China and International Politics
Co-convenor - MSc Politics of China
Environmental Issues/Green Representative
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 3.00 - 5.00pm

Tat Yan Kong
Reader in Comparative Politics and Development Studies
REF Co-ordinator
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Tuesdays 3.00 to 5.00pm
Hagar Kotef
Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Politics
Programme Convenor - MSc Comparative Political Thought
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: 020 7898 4652
  • Email: hk11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00PM

Mark Laffey
Head of Department
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: 225
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00PM
Christina Maags
Lecturer in Chinese Politics
Co-convenor - MSc Politics of China
Christina Maags

PR China, state-society relations, local government, multi-level governance, policy implementation, cultural (heritage) and social policy, particularly politics of demographic ageing.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4746
  • Email: cm62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 207
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 1.00 - 3.00pm

Sutha Nadarajah
Lecturer in International Relations
Co-convenor - MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice
Sutha Nadarajah

International security; peacebuilding; securitized development; civil wars; North-South relations.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: sn22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 208
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 2-4pm
Matthew J Nelson
Reader in Politics
Matthew Nelson
Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Thought, South Asia, Islam, non-elite politics, democracy.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 3 - 5.00 PM

Kerem Nisancioglu
Lecturer in International Relations
Programme Convenor - MSc International Politics (Term 1)
Kerem Nisancioglu

Eurocentrism; international historical sociology; World History; historical materialism; postcolonialism; critical race theory; the Ottoman Empire; Turkey; the Middle East

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4728
  • Email: kn18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 252
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 & 3, 2018/19
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: 4423
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: On Leave; Terms 2 & 3: Wednesday 10am-12pm

Meera Sabaratnam
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Chair, Decolonising SOAS Working Group
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2-3. Wednesday 11-12 And by appointment
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm
  • On Sabbatical:2018/19

Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics
Kristin Surak

International migration, political sociology, nationalism, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative methods.

Leslie Vinjamuri
Reader 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:2018/19

Elian Weizman
Lecturer in Middle East Politics
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Elian Weizman

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

  • Email: ew26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4414
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 12.00 - 2.00 PM
Rafeef Ziadah
Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
BA Politics Programme Convenor
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
  • Email: rz2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Teaching Fellows

Seyed Ali Alavi
Teaching Fellow
Seyed Ali Alavi

International Politics, Middle East Politics, Central European and Caucasian Politics, Agricultural Generics and Agro-Policy, Languages

  • Email: sa137@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Room 214
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 2-3pm & Fridays, 1-2pm
Laurie Benson
Teaching Fellow
Laurie Benson

Laurie holds a PhD in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Re-imagining French-Algerian Relations: Art Practices, Institutions, and the International’, examined the artistic practices of French-Algerian artists at the intersection of the transnational art world and local French institutional contexts as a political sociology of the postcolonial.

  • Email: lb60@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Tutor Room 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday, 2.00 - 3.00 pm

Carlo Bonura
Senior Teaching Fellow
Student Welfare Tutor
Carlo Bonura

Comparative political thought; Contemporary Islamic thought in Southeast Asia; Southeast Asian politics, particularly Thailand and Malaysia; Culture and politics.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4617
  • Email: cb84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 205
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 3-5pm (Term 2) or by appointment

Moriel Ram
Teaching Fellow
Moriel ram

Dr. Moriel Ram is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

  • Email: mr45:soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10am - 11am

Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Teaching Fellow
Manjeet Ramgotra
Political theory, including comparative political thought and history of ideas, republicanism, liberalism, multiculturalism, Cicero, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Nehru.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: mr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10am - 12pm
Dara Salam
Teaching Fellow
Dara Salam

Political Theory, Comparative political thought, Middle East politics, Religion and secularism

  • Email: ds68@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 11.00am - 12.00pm


Maria Grazia Tosto
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maria Tosco

I am currently Invited Associate Editor for the Theoretical and Experimental Psychology Journal (Teoreticheskaya i Eksperimentalnaya Psihologiya). I joined SOAS in October 2015.

  • Email: mt88@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm in room 221 or by appointment

Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Director of Teaching Staff
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 4-6pm

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Mehdi Beyad
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Mehdi Beyad

Mehdi Beyad is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Politics and International Studies.



Joonhwa Cho
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Joonhwa Cho

Joonhwa Cho is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Politics and International Studies.

  • Email: 602241@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2pm - 3pm Term 1

Calum Fisher
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Calum Fisher

Calum's PhD research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is an ethnographic portrait of the working lives of Members of Parliament in Malawi.

  • Email: cf37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Tutor Room 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 13.00 - 14.00pm

Maya Goodfellow
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Maya Goodfellow is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Politics and International Studies and Development Studies.


Maria Gloria Polimeno
Teaching Fellow
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Maria Gloria Polimeno is Doctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter. Before joining the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, she was appointed Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College.

  • Email: mp76@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Tutor Room 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 11am - 12pm

Behar Sadriu
Teaching Fellow
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Behar Sadriu is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Politics and International Studies.

  • Email: behar.sadriu@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 4pm - 5pm: Weds 12pm - 1pm: Thurs 5 - 5:30

Post Doctoral Researchers

Daniel Mulugeta Gebrie
Research Associate
Daniel Mulugeta Gebrie

Daniel is a postdoctoral researcher with the ‘Understanding Statehood through Architecture: a comparative study of Africa’s state buildings (ASA)' project with Professor Julia Gallagher. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield. His thesis examined governance practices and the construction of state ideas in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia.


Emeritus Professors


Research Associates

Michael Freeden
Professorial Research Associate
Michael Freeden

Political theory; history of political thought; comparative political thought; liberalism; modern ideologies; the nature of political thinking; conceptual history.

Enze Han
Enze Han

International Relations of East Asia, Chinese Politics, Ethnic Politics, Nationalism, Southeast Asia


Myung Ja Kim
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Mung Ja Kim

I have experienced around10 years, as a program projector, NGO activities that organized international conferences in Tokyo, Beijing, Washington D.C. and Sakhalin in Russia focusing on stability of East Asia since 1999 until 2007, which would contribute to my thesis.


Hamed Quisay
Professorial Research Associate
Hamed Quisay

State and society in Egypt

Islamic political thought

Politics of resistance in Egypt

Research Methodology

Sarah A. Son
Sarah Son

Dr. Sarah A. Son is a Post Doctoral Research Associate with the Department of Politics and International Studies.


Tom Young
Tom Young

Southern Africa: international politics; South African domestic politics; political theory


Administrative Staff

Kate Black
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.

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.


Rafid Mahdi
Department Manager
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  • Tel: +44(0)207 898 4401
  • Email: rm45@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday - Friday