SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics Department Staff

Head of Department
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 
Undergraduate Programme Convenors
Foundation Year Liaison (incl. transition into BA)
Postgraduate Tutor
Postgraduate Admissions Tutors/Programme Convenors
Certificate in Politics and International Studies
Director of Doctoral Studies
PhD Admissions
Director of Research
Director of Learning and Teaching
Online Learning Coordinator
Student Experience Coordinator
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
Department REF Coordinator

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
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  • Room: 4410
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3.30-5.30PM
Dr Fiona Adamson
Reader in 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
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
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  • Room: 214
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm; Thursdays, 2.30-3.30pm
Dr Rochana Bajpai
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Rochana Bajpai

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4750
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  • Room: 216
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 3-4:30pm

Dr Felix Berenskoetter
Head of Department and 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
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4682
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  • Room: 225
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment
Dr Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Buehler Michael

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

Professor Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of World Politics
Stephen Chan

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
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  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: To be announced for 2020-21
Professor Phil Clark
Professor in 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
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  • Room: 202
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm

Dr Bhavna Davé
Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia
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
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  • Room: 224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
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: Wednesday 11.30-12.30pm, Thursday 2.30-3.30pm

Dr Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
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  • Room: 209
  • Academic Support Hours: Terms 2&3: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm and by appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2019/20

Dr Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
Alastair Fraser

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4733
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  • Room: Room 4404
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 3-5pm
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
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  • Room: 228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00ppm

Professor Stephen Hopgood
Professor of International Relations
Stephen Hopgood
International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
Professor Salwa Ismail
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
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
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  • Room: 204
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2019/20

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
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  • 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
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  • Room: 206
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 2-4pm

Dr Hagar Kotef
Senior Lecturer of 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
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  • Room: 254
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3pm
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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
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  • Room: 222
  • On Sabbatical:2019/20

Dr Sutha Nadarajah
Lecturer in International Relations
Sutha Nadarajah

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
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  • Room: 208
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 5.30-7.30pm, or by appointment
Dr Manjeet Ramgotra
Manjeet Ramgotra
Expertise in republicanism, multiculturalism, comparative political thought, decolonising political theory and the history of political ideas.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
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  • Room: 461
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 1-3pm

Dr 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
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  • Room: 218
  • On Sabbatical:'Reader in Politics (On Leave)'
Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Lecturer in International Relations
Kerem Nisancioglu

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4728
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  • Room: 252
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 4-6pm

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
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
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  • Room: 4423
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 4-6pm
Dr Meera Sabaratnam
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Meera Sabaratnam

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4722
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  • Room: 4413
  • Academic Support Hours: Dr Sabaratnam is on leave in Term 1 2020/21

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: 020 7898 4746
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  • Room: 207
  • On Sabbatical:2019/20

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
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.

Senior Teaching Fellows

Dr Seyed Ali Alavi
Senior 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
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
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  • Room: 205
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 2.30-4.30pm
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
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  • Room: 364
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Wednesday 1-3pm and by appointment

Dr Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
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  • Room: 461
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 3-5pm


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

Dr Dara Salam
Teaching Fellow
Dara Salam

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

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

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
Research Associate
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.

Professor Hamed Quisay
Professorial Research Associate
Hamed Quisay

State and society in Egypt

Islamic political thought

Politics of resistance in Egypt

Research Methodology

Dr Tom Young
Research Associate
Tom Young

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

Administrative Staff

Ms Yvonne Henry
Department Student Officer - Postgraduate
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