SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Lauren Banko

BA History, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, MA History, University of Louisville, PhD SOAS
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  • BA History, 2007
  • MA History, with a focus on the Middle East, 2009
  • PhD History, Near and Middle East, 2014

My thesis was titled "The 'Invention' of Palestinian Citizenship: Discourses and Practices, 1918-1937, and I am currently working on further publications and a book manuscript. I am currently a Teaching Fellow in History and a Senior Teaching Fellow in Middle East Studies at SOAS, and a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London for 2014-2015.


  • London Middle East Institute
  • Palestine American Research Center
  • Palestine Exploration Fund
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • British Council for Research in the Levant


The history of Palestine, the Palestine Mandate, the modern Arab Middle East, citizenship and nationality, Arab emigration and diaspora, archives in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, urban and social histories