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

Programme Convenor - MSc Comparative Political Thought

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Dr Hagar Kotef
Email address:
020 7898 4652
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00PM


Hagar Kotef is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought. Her research interests are Political Theory, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Liberalism and its Critics, and Israel/Palestine. Her book Movement and the Ordering of Freedom (Duke University Press, 2015) examines the roles 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. Currently, she works on the construction of political belonging in settler colonies, for a book tentatively titled The Settler Self (Or: Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine). Her work was published in various journals, including Political Theory, Antipode, Theory Culture and Society, Politics & Gender, and Signs, as well as in a number of edited volumes. 


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, and the University of CA, Berkeley.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised

Introduction to Political Theory

Critical Issues in Israeli Politics and Society

Politics of Gender


Authored Books

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


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

Kotef, Hagar and Amir, Merav (2017) 'In-Secure Identities: on the Securitization of Abnormality'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Kotef, Hagar and Amir, Merav (2015) 'Limits of Dissent, Perils of Activism:Spaces of Resistance and the NewSecurity 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.


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