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Soraya Hamdaoui

Teaching Fellow

Advice and Feedback Hours:

Tuesday 9:30-10:30 (via Teams)
Wednesday 10:30-11:30 (in person)

Room E1. 24
(Please use booking form)

I joined PAIS in August 2021 as a Teaching Fellow. Prior to that, I completed a PhD thesis on Latin American politics at the University of York. Before that I worked as a secondary school teacher and Graduate Teaching Assistant in both France and the UK where I taught modules on International politics, languages and political sociology.

My teaching and research interests are very diverse, but currently I am particularly interested in the study of the opposition to populism - which I call anti-populism - by both governments and civil society in Western Europe, Latin America and the United States. I look at demophobia: discursive constructions that deligitimise and erase the 'people' within the political sphere; processes of populist policy reversals and more generally, at the 'otherisation' of populists seen as deviant by actors of the establishment.

My research has been featured in the International Journal of Cultural Policy, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations and Social Movement Studies.

At PAIS, I previously directed the modules Examining Rising Powers, Latin America: Democratisation and Development, Comparing Rising Powers and International Relations of the Americas. This year, I am teaching seminars in political theory: PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes: Seeking Freedom and Equality and PO301 Issues in Political Theory.