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
  • Email: ra47@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave 21/22
  • On Sabbatical:On sabbatical 21/22 Terms 1&2
Professor Fiona Adamson
Professor of International Relations
Department Seminar Coordinator
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: 220
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10am - 12noon

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies
PG Programme Convenor & 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 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: Mondays 11am -12 noon and 4-5 pm
Dr Rochana Bajpai
Reader in Politics
PGT Programme Convener & 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 3:30pm - 5:00pm on MS Teams

Dr Felix Berenskoetter
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Head of Department
Department REF Coordinator
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 - Politics and International Studies
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
PGT 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: By appointment only - see link in Bio to book slot
Professor Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of World Politics
PG Programme Convener & Admissions Tutor - MSc International 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: Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm by email appointment

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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Ashley Cox has recently completed his PhD viva at the University of Leicester studying the Wilsonian influences on conflicts in American 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
PGT Admissions Tutor - MSc Politics of the Middle East
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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: Mondays 3:00pm - 5:00pm or by appointment
Dr Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
PG Admissions Tutor T2
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
  • Email: df2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am-1:00pm and by appointment

Dr Alastair Fraser
Lecturer in African Politics
PGT 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 9:00am - 12 noon see 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
PGT 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
PG 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: By appointment (see link in Bio)
Dr Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Senior Teaching Fellow
PGT 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
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
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: Thurdays 11:00am -12 noon or by appointment
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: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 1 and 2)

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.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22

Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
PGT 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 4:00pm -6:00pm

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: By appointment only
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: By appointment
Dr Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
PGT Admissions Tutor - MSc Political Thought
Foundation Year Liason
Manjeet Ramgotra
Expertise in republicanism, multiculturalism, comparative political thought, decolonising political theory and the history of political ideas.
  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4573
  • Email: mr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm via MS Teams

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
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical 21/22
  • On Sabbatical:21/22
Dr Pallavi Roy
Pallavi Roy

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4833
  • Email: pr16@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical 21/22
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2018/19

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

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4722
  • Email: ms140@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4413
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical 2021/22
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 1)

Professor Julia C Strauss
Professor of Chinese Politics
PGT Exam Board Chair
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: Mondays 3:00pm -5:00pm
Dr Alexej Ulbricht
Lecturer in Political Theory
Certificate in Politics and International Studies Convenor
Careers Liaison
Alexej Ulbricht
  • Email: au6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00am -12 noon

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.


Senior Teaching Fellows

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

Dr Simona Vittorini
Senior Teaching Fellow
GTA Liaison
Online Learning Coordinator
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

Tutors

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 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 - Friday