I joined the department of Politics and IR as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. Prior to this, I was a Teaching Fellow in IR at the University of Reading (2016-2020), where I also completed my PhD.
Broadly, my research comprises two strands:
(1) Terrorism (especially Critical Terrorism Studies)
(2) Middle East politics (Israel and Palestine)
These two themes converge in my focus on terrorism, resistance, and political violence in Palestine, which was the topic of my PhD and my subsequent work. My research employs ethnographic methods (often through fieldwork in the West Bank, Palestine) to explore the politics and discourses of 'terrorism' within the Israel-Palestine conflict and in contexts of (settler) colonialism.
I have further interests in Palestinian armed resistance (especially Hamas), the politics of 'suicide' terrorism, post- and decolonial approaches to the study of 'terrorism', and the use of 'popular culture' in understanding political violence. My work draws upon both English and Arabic-language sources.
Terrorism and counter-terrorism
Contemporary Palestinian Politics
Ethnography of political violence
In the 2021/2 academic year I am responsible for:
POLI4003: 'Terrorism and Insurgencies'
POLI3118: 'Responding to Violent Extremism'
I also teach on POLI1017 'Understanding Global Politics' and POLI2042 'Global Security'
I am available for PhD supervision in the following areas, and am especially keen to supervise projects using ethnographic methods and critical discourse analysis:
Critical approaches to terrorism
Ethnography of terrorism
Terrorism and counterterrorism in the Middle East (especially Israel and Palestine)
Palestinian security politics