SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics Department Staff

Head of Department
Director of Research
Director of Learning and Teaching
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 
Undergraduate Programme Convenors
Careers Liaison
Undergraduate Exam Board Chair
Postgraduate Tutor
Postgraduate Exam Board Chair
Postgraduate Admissions Tutors/Programme Convenors
Director of Distance Learning Programmes (CISD)
Director of Doctoral Studies
PhD Admissions
Department Research Committee 
Department Learning and Teaching Committee 
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
Department Seminar Coordinator
Centre Directors

International Studies and Diplomacy: Professor Dan Plesch (T1)
Conflict, Rights and Justice: Dr. Sutha Nadarajah
Comparative Political Thought: Professor Hagar Kotef
Taiwan Studies: Dr. Dafydd Fell

Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Senior 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
  • On Sabbatical:On sabbatical 21/22 Terms 1&2
Professor Fiona Adamson
Professor of International Relations
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
Admissions Tutor: MSC Politics of the Middle East
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: Thursdays 10am - 12 noon
Dr Karabekir Akkoyunlu
Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East
Akkoyunlu Karabelkir - POL 56,180,240

Comparative politics, Middle East politics, Turkey, Iran, Brazil, civil-military relations, hybrid regimes, democratisation, foreign policy analysis

  • Email: ka54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4436
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr Michael Albert
Lecturer in International Relations
Michael Albert

Global environmental politics, ecological Marxism, complexity theory, degrowth and post-growth economics, energy and food politics, emerging technological risks, community-led sustainability initiatives, post-capitalist futures.

  • Email: ma158@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dr Rochana Bajpai
Reader in Politics, SFHEA
Admissions Tutor: MSc Politics of Asia
Rochana Bajpai

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

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4750
  • Email: rb6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr Felix Berenskoetter
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Head of Department
Felix Berenskoetter
International Relations Theory, Concept Analysis, Identity, Power, Security, Time, Friendship, Transatlantic Relations, European Security, Sociology of the Discipline
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4682
  • Email: fb12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dr Carlo Bonura
Senior Lecturer
Director of Learning and Teaching
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: Tuesdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Dr Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Admissions Tutor: MSc Politics of Asia
Buehler Michael

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

  • Email: mb107@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm - appointment link in Bio
Professor Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of World Politics
Admissions Tutor: MSc International Politics
Stephen Chan

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4655
  • Email: sc5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Professor Phil Clark
Professor in International Politics
Director of Research
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: 202
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10:00am - 12 noon
Dr Ashley Cox
Lecturer
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United States' Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Security, Political and Military History


Dr Bhavna Davé
Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia
PGT Tutor T1
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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
Director of Doctoral Studies
Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

International political economy; international political sociology; global trade (WTO; NGOs and trade policy); financial politics (particularly City of London); ideology (neoliberalism, the politics of managerialism).

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4701
  • Email: me7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4411
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10:00am - 12 noon

Dr Sarah El-Kazaz
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Sarah El-Kazaz - 240, 186, 56

Comparative Political Economy, Urbanism in the Global South, Politics of Science and Technology, Infrastructure, Corporations, Neoliberalism and Ethnography.

  • Email: se22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm or by appt -link in Bio
Dr Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4206
  • Email: df2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm and by appointment

Dr Tobias Franz
Lecturer in Economics and Political Economy
Tobias Franz

Political economy of institutions, elite politics and development, late industrialisation policies, productivity growth, regional economics, local economic development, developmentalist and post-development debates. Regional focus on Latin America with a special emphasis on Colombia.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4312
  • Email: tf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 283
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dr Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
Admissions Tutor: MSc Politics of Africa
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: 4404
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10:00am - 12 noon - link in Bio to book

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.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4753
  • Email: jg35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3:00pm- 5:00pm see link in Bio
Dr Harald Heubaum
Senior Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy
Admissions Tutor: MSc Global Energy & Climate Policy
Harald Haubaum

Senior Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4362
  • Email: hh15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4431
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Professor Salwa Ismail
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
PhD 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.

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4740
  • Email: si1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 204
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
Dr Vino Kanapathipillai
Senior Lecturer in Global Advocacy
Admissions Tutor: MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.

  • Email: vk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am - 2:00pm (T1 only)

Dr Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Senior Lecturer
Admissions Tutor: MA International Studies and Diplomacy
Hanns Bjoern Kendel

Security, South Asia, International Law, Political and Legal Philosophy

  • Email: hk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4434
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm & by appointment
Dr Yuka Kobayashi
Lecturer in China and International Politics
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: By appointment

Dr Tat Yan Kong
Reader in Comparative Politics and Development Studies
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: Tuesdays 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Professor Hagar Kotef
Professor in Political Theory and Comparative Politics
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
  • Email: hk11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Friday: 1:15-2:15 Term 2: Tues: 1:15-2:15

Dr Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Mark Laffey

International Relations Theory; International Security; Foreign Policy Analysis; International Political Sociology; Global History; Postcolonialism; Hierarchy; Violence; Culture and Ideas.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 222
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm & Fridays 12:00-1:00pm
Dr Sutha Nadarajah
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
PGT Admissions Tutors (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: Thursdays, 5.30-7.30pm, or by appointment

Professor Matthew J Nelson
Professor of Politics
Matthew Nelson
Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Thought, South Asia, Islam, non-elite politics, democracy.
  • Room: 218
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22
Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Admissions Tutor: MSc International Politics
Kerem Nisancioglu

Racial capitalism; Sovereignty; Outsourcing; Counter-terrorism and Policing; Abolition; Eurocentrism; Marxism

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4728
  • Email: kn18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 252
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3:30pm -5:30pm

Dr Awino Okech
Reader in Political Sociology
Awino Okech

Africa - Critical gender theory on sexuality, queer politics, security and violent extremism, gender in nation and state making, social movements.
Qualitative research methods and feminist research methodology 

  • Email: ao21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4403
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr Avinash Paliwal
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Avinash Paliwal

Avinash specialises in foreign and security policy analysis with regional focus on South Asia, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. 

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4454
  • Email: ap88@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4405
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
Professor Dan Plesch
Professor of Diplomacy and Strategy
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 12:00 noon - 2:00pm

Dr Rahul Rao
Reader in Political Theory
Rahul Rao
International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22
Dr J. Simon Rofe
Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies
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Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters distance learning programme.  Prior to joining SOAS he was Distance Learning Director at the University of Leicester managing a suite of four International Relations Programmes.


Dr Pallavi Roy
Senior Lecturer in International Economics
Pallavi Roy

Pallavi is a Senior lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS.

Dr Meera Sabaratnam
Reader in International Relations
Admissions Tutor: BA Politics/International Relations
Meera Sabaratnam

International theory; postcolonial approaches; race and racism; intervention, statebuilding and development; global history; southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4722
  • Email: ms140@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4413
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22

Dr Yanan Song
Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy
PGT Admissions Tutor - MA International Studies and Diplomacy
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Dr Yanan Song is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). Prior to joining SOAS she was a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics at University of Exeter. She had her PhD degree in Politics at Durham University, and completed her MSc in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL).


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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4746
  • Email: js11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 207
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am - 1:00pm

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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 212
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Dr Simona Vittorini
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 201
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00am -1:00pm

Dr Ben Whitham
Lecturer in International Relations
Whitham Ben - POL

International theory; inequalities and intersectionality; international (in)security and war; Islamophobia; cultural politics; socio-economic and political crises

  • Email: bw70@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253a
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Senior Teaching Fellows

Dr Mehdi Beyad
Senior Teaching Fellow
Mehdi Beyad

Mehdi Beyad is a Senior Teaching Fellow for the Department of Politics and International Studies.

  • Email: mb121@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 2-3pm or by appointment
Dr Bi-Yu Chang
Senior Teaching Fellow
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: 364
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11am - 1pm


Tutors

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 Christopher Boyle
Teaching Fellow
Chris Boyle

Christopher Boyle received his PhD from the University of Sussex in International Politics. He has wide experience teaching international studies at undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, he teaches modules in international law, politics, and economics, as well as supervising MSc students. He has published works in Millennium Journal of International Studies, European Journal of International Relations, and the Journal of Historical Sociology.

















Dr Hisham Sabbagh
Teaching Fellow
Hisham Sabbagh

Dr Hisham Sabbagh’s research focuses on International Mediation, Foreign Policy Analysis,
the Politics and Security of the Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East.







Post Doctoral Researchers

Dr Daniel Mulugeta
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



Dr Enze Han
Research Associate
Enze Han

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


Professor Hamed Quisay
Professorial Research Associate
Hamed Quisay

State and society in Egypt

Islamic political thought

Politics of resistance in Egypt

Research Methodology


Dr Kristin Surak
Research Associate
Kristin Surak

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

Dr Tom Young
Research Associate
Tom Young

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


Administrative Staff


Caroline Fraser
Academic Support Officer - Postgraduate
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  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday - Friday

Ben Westall
Academic Support Officer - Undergraduate
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  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday - Thursday