SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr. Felix Berenskoetter

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 
Undergraduate Programme Convenors
Undergraduate Tutors
Postgraduate Tutor
Postgraduate Admissions Tutors/Programme Convenors

Department Director of Doctoral Research

Research Admissions Tutor
Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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

Dr Fiona Adamson
Director of Research
Fiona Adamson

International Relations Theory; International Security; Migration and Diaspora Mobilization; Globalisation and Global Governance; Transnational Identity Movements

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies
PhD Admissions Tutor
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.

Dr Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière
Lecturer in International Relations and Migration
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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.

Dr Rochana Bajpai
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Co-convenor, MSc Asian Politics
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Rochana Bajpai

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

Dr Felix Berenskoetter
Head of Department
Director of Learning and Teaching
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Felix Berenskoetter
International Relations Theory, Concept Analysis, Identity, Power, Security, Time, Friendship, Transatlantic Relations, European Security, Sociology of the Discipline

Dr Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Co-convenor, MSc Asian Politics
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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Comparative Politics, Elections and Party Politics, Islam, Local Politics, Southeast Asian Politics, particularly Indonesia

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

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

Professor 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

Dr Bhavna Davé
Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia
Postgraduate Tutor
Bhavna Dave

Geopolitics of Eurasia, Labour migration regulatory regimes in Russia and Kazakhstan, China's Belt and Road Initiative and effects on Central Asia, Politics in Central Asia, Development strategies in the Russian Far East

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Director of Doctoral Research
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
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
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  • Room: 4411
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 13.00-14.00 and Wednesdays, 11.30-12.30.
Dr Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Postgraduate Tutor
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization

Dr Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
Convener - MSc African Politics
Alastair Fraser

African politics; the political economy of international development; democracy, participation and resistance.

Professor 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.

Professor Salwa Ismail
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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 Yuka Kobayashi
Lecturer in China and International Politics
Environmental Issues/Green Representative
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia

Dr Tat Yan Kong
Reader in Comparative Politics and Development Studies
Programme Convenor - MSc State, Society and Development
Certificate in Politics
Tat Yan Kong
Comparative Political Economy (East Asia): varieties of capitalism; socialist to market transitions; Security on the Korean Peninsula, Development Theory

Dr Hagar Kotef
Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Politics
Programme Convenor - MSc Comparative Political Thought
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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.

Dr Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

Dr Christina Maags
Lecturer in Chinese Politics
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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.

Dr 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.

Dr Manjeet Ramgotra
Undergraduate Tutor: Year 1
Manjeet Ramgotra
Expertise in republicanism, multiculturalism, comparative political thought, decolonising political theory and the history of political ideas.
Dr Matthew J Nelson
Reader in Politics
Department REF Coordinator
Matthew Nelson
Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Thought, South Asia, Islam, non-elite politics, democracy.

Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Lecturer in International Relations
Programme Convenor - MSc International Politics (Term 1)
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Kerem Nisancioglu

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

Dr 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

Dr 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

Professor 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

Dr Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics
Kristin Surak

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

Dr 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.

Dr 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.

Teaching Fellows

Dr Seyed Ali Alavi
Teaching Fellow
Seyed Ali Alavi

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

Dr Carlo Bonura
Senior Teaching Fellow
Director of Student Welfare
Carlo Bonura

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

Dr 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
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  • Room: 267
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 3-5pm (Term 2) or by appointment

Dr Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Undergraduate Tutor: Year 3
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

Graduate Teaching Assistants

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

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  • Room: 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 4pm - 5pm: Weds 12pm - 1pm: Thurs 5 - 5:30

Post Doctoral Researchers

Dr Daniel Mulugeta Gebrie
Research Associate
Daniel Mulugeta Gebrie

Anthropology/ethnography of the state, political imagination, practices of claims-making and the politics of development

Emeritus Professors

Research Associates

Professor 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.

Dr Enze Han
Enze Han

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

Dr 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.

Administrative Staff

Ms Yvonne Henry
Department Student Officer - Postgraduate
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