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
PGT Admissions Tutors (MSc Politics of Middle East)
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
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:
  • Room: 4410
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2.30-4.30
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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4683
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  • Room: 212
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10am - 12noon

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Professor of Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies
PGT Admissions Tutors (MSc International Politics)
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: Thursdays 10 - 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.

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  • Room: 218
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11-12 and 4-5 pm

Dr Rochana Bajpai
Reader in Politics
PGT Admissions Tutor (MSc Politics of Asia)
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
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 3.30-5pm on MS Teams
Dr Carlo Bonura
Senior Lecturer
Student Experience Coordinator
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 Felix Berenskoetter
Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in International Relations
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:
  • Room: 225
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 14:30-15:30
Dr Michael Buehler
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Department Seminar Coordinator (T2)
Buehler Michael

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

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  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only - see link in Bio to book slot

Professor Stephen Chan, OBE
Professor of World Politics
Stephen Chan

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
  • Email:
  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2-4pm by email appointment
Professor Phil Clark
Professor in International Politics
PGT Admissions Tutors (MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice)
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
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 2)

Dr Bhavna Davé
Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia
PGT 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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email:
  • 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
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  • Room: 4411
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm

Dr Sarah El-Kazaz
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PGT Admissions Tutors (MSc Politics of 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.

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  • Room: 210
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5PM / by appointment on Google Hangouts.
Dr Dafydd Fell
Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
UG Admissions Tutor (BA Politics)
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
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  • 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
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  • Room: Room 4404
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 09-12 - see link in Bio to book slot
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 - 5:00pm via Teams (See link in Bio

Professor Stephen Hopgood
Professor of International Relations
Stephen Hopgood
International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
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  • Room: 220
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21
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.

Dr Yuka Kobayashi
Lecturer in China and International Politics
UG Admissions Tutor (BA International Relations)
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
UG Exam Board Chair
PGT Admissions Tutor (MSc Politics of Asia)
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: Tuesday 13.45pm to 15.45pm

Dr Hagar Kotef
Professor in Political Theory and Comparative Politics
PGT Admissions Tutors (MSc Political Thought)
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:
  • Room: 254
  • Academic Support Hours: Thurs 11 -12 pm or by appointment - See link below
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
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  • Room: 222
  • 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:
  • 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
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  • Room: 218
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21

Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
UG Programme Convenor (BA 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 Awino Okech
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 

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  • Room: 4403
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only

Dr Avinash Paliwal
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Avinash Paliwal

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

  • Tel: 020 7898 4454
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  • Room: 4405
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointments only
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
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  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Dr Manjeet Ramgotra
Senior Lecturer
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
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  • Room: 461
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1-3pm via MS Teams
Dr Rahul Rao
Reader in Political Theory
Director of Learning and Teaching
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:
  • Room: 4423
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 3-5pm

Dr Meera Sabaratnam
Reader 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: Thursdays 10-1 on MS Teams, email for appointment
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 1)
Dr Tolga Sinmazdemir
Senior Lecturer in Political Methodology
UG Programme Convenor (BA Politics)
Tolga Sinmazdemir
  • Tel: 0207 898 4391
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  • Room: 4414
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00pm-3:00 pm

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: 020 7898 4746
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  • Room: 207
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3-5 pm

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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4359
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  • Room: 211
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 2)

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 Mehdi Beyad
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Mehdi Beyad

Mehdi Beyad is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Dr Christopher Boyle
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 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: Thursdays 11am - 1pm

Dr Vino Kanapathipillai
Vino Kanapathipillai

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

  • Email:
  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment (see link in Bio)

Mr Joshua Rigg
Teaching Fellow
Joshua Rigg

Resistance and contentious politics in post-revolutionary Tunisia

  • Email:
  • Room: 215
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 5-6 pm

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