London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, UK
My thesis, entitled ‘Revolution and its Dislocations: Syria's 2011 Moment as Conceived by its Creators’, focuses on decentralised anti-hierarchical organising in the Syrian uprising While pursuing my studies part-time, I work for a research centre, have been on the editorial board of a journal, have taught sociological theory to LSE undergrads, serve on an academic society’s communications committee, have published my research and been awarded prizes for my conference presentations. My academic expertise is in the politics and societies of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria and Israel/Palestine. I have published on MENA social movements, am currently helping conduct research for a book by Vincent Bevins on this topic, and have a wide survey knowledge of other issues (particularly to do with regional geopolitics) through my six years working as the Communications Coordinator (and now Manager) at the LSE Middle East Centre. Before that I worked as an editor for Hurst Publishers (who are known for their MENA, Africa and Asia lists), a researcher for Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), and a translator for a museum in Al-Quds University dedicated to the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. I have lived in Jordan and Palestine and have a good level of spoken Levantine Arabic and am proficient in Modern Standard Arabic. Given the overlap between my professional experience, my excellent teaching record as a GTA at LSE last year, and my academic expertise (I am midway through my PhD, have published one academic piece and received a prize for an unpublished conference paper), I am well placed to offer research assistance on projects involving international development, regional politics in the Middle East and North Africa (Syria in particular), governance structures, local service provision, among other topics.
Research assistant Researcher