Dr. Oz Hassan FRSA is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick. He was the primary investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders project entitled Transatlantic Interests and Democratic Possibility in a Transforming Middle East (2013-2016). The project analyses US and EU policy in Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia in order to access how "conflicts of interest" continue in the post-Arab Spring environment, and how these can be overcome to promote democracy.
Dr. Hassan is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), which was founded in 1754 under the commitment to finding practical solutions to social challenges. He is also an associate at LSE Ideas' on the United States International Affairs Programme and a former visiting scholar on the Democracy and Rule of Law programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. He has also held the position of chair of the US Foreign Policy Working group, which is Europe's largest academic grouping dedicated to the study of US foreign policy and subsequently served on its advisory committee. He was also a founding member of the British International Studies Magazine International Studies Today and served as the editor-in-chief for a two-year period.
Dr Hassan worked on the European Commission funded Framework 7 Programme's EU-GRASP and GR:EEN. He joined PAIS in 2009, shortly before completing his ESRC funded doctoral research on US democracy promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Subsequently, he completed his monograph, entitled Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or Domination, after conducting extended research in the region. He has also spent considerable time living in Washington D.C. as a British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center in The United States Library of Congress. His expertise has provided substantial interaction with the policy-making community both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Hassan's research is theoretically driven but empirically rich, which has led to numerous citations by policymakers, international media, and other stakeholders. Theoretically, Oz’s work has further developed a Constructivist Institutionalist (CI) methodology within a comparative framework, and state of the art qualitative research methods. As such, his methods include various forms and expertise in Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS), data visualization, and big data management and analysis. Innovations in this area have allowed Dr. Hassan to provide training both domestically and internationally to public and private companies.
Throughout his time at Warwick, Dr. Hassan has developed his research interests in American Foreign and Security Policy, European Foreign and Security Policy, Middle Eastern Politics, democratization theory, and constructivism in International Relations. This has resulted in the publication of a monograph, an edited special edition of the International Journal of Human rights, and multiple articles and book chapters.
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