SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Hagar Kotef

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Hagar Kotef
Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Hagar Kotef
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Hagar Kotef is a Professor in Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought. Her research interests are Political Theory, Israel/Palestine, Settler Colonialism, Feminist Theory, and Liberalism and its critiques (specifically poststructural and postcolonial). Her most recent book, The Colonizing Self (Or: Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine), examines the construction of political belonging in settler colonies.  It investigates how people develop attachment to space not despite violence, or by denying it, but rather through violence. The book was published in 2020 by Duke University Press. Her previous book, Movement and the Ordering of Freedom (Duke UP, 2015) charts the conceptual history of mobility and immobility in the history of political thought and the structuring of political spaces: from the writings of Locke, Hobbes, and Mill to the sophisticated technologies of control that circumscribe the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank.  

Before joining SOAS she held positions and fellowships at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University, the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, Columbia University's Society of Fellows, and the University of CA, Berkeley.



Authored Books

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Kotef, Hagar (2020) The Colonizing Self : Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine. Durham: Duke University Press.

Kotef, Hagar (2015) Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


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Evri, Yuval and Kotef, Hagar (2020) 'When does a native become a settler? (With apologies to Zreik and Mamdani)'. Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. [Forthcoming]

Kotef, Hagar (2019) 'Violent Attachments'. Political Theory, (48) 1, pp 4-29.

Kotef, Hagar and Amir, Merav (2018) 'In-Secure Identities: on the Securitization of Abnormality'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, (36) 2, pp 236-254.

Kotef, Hagar (2018) 'Fragments'. Critical Inquiry, (44) 2, pp 343-349.

Kotef, Hagar and Amir, Merav (2015) 'Limits of Dissent, Perils of Activism: Spaces of Resistance and the New Security Logic'. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, (47) 3, pp 671-688.

Kotef, Hagar (2015) 'Little Chinese Feet Encased in Iron Shoes: Freedom, Movement, Gender, and Empire in Western Political Thought'. Political Theory, (43) 3, pp 334-355.

Kotef, Hagar and Merav, Amir (2014) 'Normal [in Hebrew]'. Mafteakh: Lexical Journal for Political Thought, (9), pp 111-131.

Kotef, Hagar (2012) 'Baking at the Front Line, Sleeping with the Enemy: Some Reflections on Gender and Women’s Peace Activism in Israel'. Politics & Gender, (7) 4, pp 551-572.

Kotef, Hagar (2012) 'Movement'. Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon, (2).

Kotef, Hagar and Amir, Merav (2011) 'Between Imaginary Lines: Violence and its Justifications at the Military Checkpoints in Occupied Palestine'. Theory Culture and Society, (28) 1, pp 55-80.

Kotef, Hagar (2011) 'Movement [in Hebrew]'. Mafteakh: Lexical Journal for Political Thought, (3), pp 179-202.

Kotef, Hagar (2010) 'Objects of Security: Gendered Violence and Securitized Humanitarianism in Occupied Gaza'. Comparative Studies of South Asia Africa and the Middle East, (30) 2, pp 179-191.

Kotef, Hagar (2010) 'Home/ Ba’it'. Mafteakh Lexical Journal for Political Thought, (1), pp 1-20.

Kotef, Hagar (2009) 'On Abstractness; First Wave Feminism and the Construction of the Abstract Woman'. Feminist Studies, (35) 3, pp 495-522.

Kotef, Hagar and Amir, Merav (2007) '(En)Gendering Checkpoints: Checkpoint Watch and the Repercussions of Intervention'. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, (32) 4, pp 973-996.


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