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
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2, 2017/18
Fiona Adamson
Reader in International Relations
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
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies
Research Tutor - Term 1
Programme co-convenor MA in Iranian Studies
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
International politics of West Asia; Iranian foreign and domestic politics; Critical theories of international relations; US foreign policy in the ‘third world’; Islamic political and intellectual history. Professor Adib-Moghaddam also gave a keynote lecture at the University of Hamburg :  The European Crisis in Global Perspective - Local Changes and Global Developments.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm

Rochana Bajpai
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Applications)
PhD Research Methods Seminar Co-Convenor
Rochana Bajpai

Contemporary political theory, particularly multiculturalism; methodology, particularly political ideologies; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4750
  • Email: rb6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 208
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3pm - 5pm
Felix Berenskoetter
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
  • Email: fb12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 222
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18

Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
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Comparative Politics, Elections and Party Politics, Islam, Local Politics, Southeast Asian Politics, particularly Indonesia

Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of International Relations
Postgraduate Exam Chair
Stephen Chan

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
  • Email: sc5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm

Phil Clark
Programme Convenor- MSc African Politics
Programme Convenor - MRes Politics with (Language)
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am -12pm Term 1 & 2; by appt: Term 3
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2017/18
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
  • Office 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
  • Office Hours: Term 3: Tuesdays 10:00-12:00
Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Postgraduate Tutor - 2015/16
Programme Convenor MSc Asian Politics
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
  • Email: df2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2- 4

Enze Han
Senior Lecturer in the International Security of East Asia
Programme Convenor - MSc Asian Politics
Research Seminar Chair
Enze Han

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4364
  • Email: eh22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 252
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18
Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
Research Tutor - Terms 2 and 3
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
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1pm - 3pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2017/18

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.

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
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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3 - 4pm, Tuesdays 5 - 6pm
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.


Yuka Kobayashi
Lecturer in China and International Politics
Environmental Issues/Green Representative
Programme Convenor- Politics of China
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
  • Office Hours: Term 1 & 2: Tuesdays 2-4pm: Term 3 by appointment
Tat Yan Kong
Reader in Comparative Politics and Development Studies
Programme Convenor- State, Society and Development
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
  • Office Hours: Term 2: Thursdays 2.30 to 4.30pm

Hagar Kotef
Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Politics
Research Admissions Tutor
Undergraduate Year 3 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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4652
  • Email: hk11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18
Mark Laffey
Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Academic Board Member
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
  • Office Hours: Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm

Christina Maags
Lecturer in Chinese Politics
Christina Maags

Christina Maags is Lecturer in Chinese Politics. Prior to joining SOAS, she completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Frankfurt, Germany (2017) and studied in Oxford, Frankfurt and Bonn.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4746
  • Email: cm62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 207
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5pm
Sutha Nadarajah
Lecturer in International Relations
Programme 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: 4435
  • Office Hours: Tues 5-6pm and Wed 6-7pm

Matthew J Nelson
MSc Comparative Political Thought - Programme Convenor and Admissions Tutor
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2017/18
Kerem Nisancioglu
Lecturer in International Relations
Programme Convenor - MSc International Politics
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm

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
  • Office Hours: Fridays 2pm - 4pm
Meera Sabaratnam
Lecturer in International Relations
BA International Relations Programme Convenor
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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2.30-4.00 and by appointment

Lawrence Sáez
Professor in the Political Economy of Asia
Knowledge Transfer and Third Stream Partnerships
Lawrence Saez

International political economy, comparative political economy, emerging markets; energy security; fiscal federalism; South Asia

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4725
  • Email: ls4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 202
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18

Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics
Research Methods Convenor
Kristin Surak

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

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20-7898-4749
  • Email: kristin.surak@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 262
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3pm - 5pm
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18
Leslie Vinjamuri
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Programme Co-convenor for MSc Conflict, Rights and Justice
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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3.15 - 5.15pm

Elian Weizman
Lecturer in Middle East Politics
Undergraduate Year 1 Tutor
Elian Weizman

Elian is a lecturer in Middle East Politics. Before re-joining SOAS she was the deputy director of the CBRL Kenyon Institute in East Jerusalem (2015-2017).

Tom Young
Senior Lecturer in Politics with reference to Africa
Undergraduate Exam Board Chair
Undergraduate Year 2 Tutor
Tom Young

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4732
  • Email: ty@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 215
  • Office Hours: Fridays 4 - 6pm

Rafeef Ziadah
Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
BA Politics Programme Convenor
Rafeef Ziadah

Rafeef Ziadah is Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East. Prior to this she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the SOAS Politics and International Studies department with the 'Military Mobilities and Mobilising Movements in the Middle East' project

  • Tel: 020 7898 4359
  • Email: rz2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Teaching Fellows

Seyed Ali Alavi
Teaching Fellow
Seyed Ali Alavi

Seyed Ali Alavi is Teaching Fellow in the Department of International Politics at SOAS, University of London.

  • Email: sa137@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Room 214
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 12-1pm & 3-4pm; Fridays, 11-12am
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
  • Office Hours: Fridays 10 - 11am

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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2.30pm - 4.30pm
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
  • Office Hours: Friday 3-5pm (Term 2) or by appointment

Emilio Distretti
Senior Teaching Fellow
Emilio Distretti

Emilio Distretti is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS.


Priyanjali Malik
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Priyanjali Malik focuses on security on the Indian subcontinent, especially nuclear deterrence and security.

  • Email: pm53@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Tutor Room 221
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 12pm

Moriel Ram
Teaching Fellow
Moriel ram

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

Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Teaching Fellow
Manjeet Ramgotra
Political theory; articulations of republicanism in the history of political though (Cicero, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Rousseau) and comparative political thought (Nehru); contemporary liberalism and multiculturalism
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: mr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Monday 2-4pm

Dara Salam
Teaching Fellow
Dara Salam

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



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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm in room 221 or by appointment

Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00

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.


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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12 - 1pm

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.


Kathryn Nash
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Kathryn Nash

I worked for the U.S. State Department for seven years.  My previous academic and professional background has focused on developing expertise in conflict resolution, election monitoring, East and Central Africa, and diplomacy.

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
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 11am - 12pm

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

Lewis Turner
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Lewis Turner

Lewis Turner is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Politics and International Studies.


Emeritus Professors

Charles R H Tripp
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East
Research Commitee Chair & REF Coordinator
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12

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.

Neve Gordon
Leverhulme Visiting Professor
Neve Gordon

Professor Neve Gordon is a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies.


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.


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.