SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Kerem Nisancioglu

PhD International Relations (University of Sussex)
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Kerem Nisancioglu
Department of Politics and International Studies

Programme Convenor - MSc International Politics

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4728
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Wednesdays 1-3pm


Kerem Nisancioglu is a Lecturer in International Relations. Before this he was Visiting Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster and Adjunct Lecturer at Richmond University. He received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex in 2014.

Kerem’s research focuses on Eurocentrism in international relations, and how this Eurocentrism can be subverted in both theory and history. In particular, his research has explored the ways in which non-European societies have been constitutive of European social relations in the early modern period. His current research seeks to uncover the international origins of whiteness as a form of social control. Kerem also blogs at The Disorder of Things.



Eurocentrism; international historical sociology; World History; historical materialism; postcolonialism; critical race theory; the Ottoman Empire; the Middle East


Authored Books

Anievas, Alexander and Nisancioglu, Kerem (2015) How The West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism. London: Pluto Press.


Anievas, Alexander and Nisancioglu, Kerem (2017) 'Limits of the Universal: The Promises and Pitfalls of Postcolonial Theory and Its Critique'. Historical Materialism, (25) 3, pp 36-75.

Anievas, Alexander and Nisancioglu, Kerem (2017) 'How Did the West Usurp the Rest? Origins of the Great Divergence over the Longue Durée'. Comparative Studies in Society and History, (59) 1, pp 34-67.

Anievas, Alexander and Nisancioglu, Kerem (2017) 'Why Europe? Anti-Eurocentric Theory, History, and the Rise of Capitalism'. Spectrum: Journal of Global Studies, (8) 1, pp 70-98.

Nisancioglu, Kerem and Pal, Maïa (2016) 'Counter-Conduct in the University Factory: Locating the Occupy Sussex Campaign'. Global Society, (30) 2, pp 279-300.

Nisancioglu, Kerem (2014) 'The Ottoman Origins of Capitalism: Uneven and Combined Development and Eurocentrism'. Review of International Studies, (40) 2, pp 325-347.

Anievas, Alexander and Nisancioglu, Kerem (2013) 'What’s at Stake in the Transition Debate? Rethinking the Origins of Capitalism and the “Rise of the West"'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (42) 1, pp 78-102.

Book Chapters

Nisancioglu, Kerem (2016) 'Combination as foreign policy: the International Origins of the Ottoman Empire'. In: Anievas, Alexander and Matin, Kamran, (eds.), Historical Sociology and World History: Uneven and Combined Development over the Longue Durée. London: Roman & Littlefield, pp 73-92.

Book Reviews

Nişancıoğlu, Kerem (2014) 'Review of Peter Gran, "The Rise of the Rich: A New View of Modern World History"'. International Journal of Turkish Studies, (20) 1 & 2.


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