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Principal Investigator

Nicola Pratt is Reader in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick. She teaches and researches on the international politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in feminist approaches as well as ‘politics from below’. Her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and Review of International Studies, amongst others. She is author of Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World (Lynne Rienner, 2007), co-author (with Nadje Al-Ali) of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (University of California Press, 2009) and co-editor with Al-Ali of Women and War in the Middle East (2009), as well as co-editor of Gender, Governance and International Security (2013, with Sophie Richter-Devroe) and Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World (2015, with Maha El Said and Lena Meari). Between 2010 and 2013 she was co-director of a British Academy-funded research partnership with Birzeit University’s Institute for Women’s Studies. In 2013-2014, she held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, researching the history of women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan, which forms the basis of her book entitled, Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon (University of California Press, 2020). She is Vice President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and a member of the editorial board for the Critical Military Studies series for University of Edinburgh Press.



Dalia Mostafa is Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of Manchester. She teaches and researches on Arabic literature, cinema and culture more broadly. Her work has appeared in Popular Music and Society, Journal of Cultural Research, Middle East Critique and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, amongst others. She is the author of The Egyptian Military in Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2016) and editor of Women, Culture, and the January 2011 Egyptian Revolution (Routledge, 2016).


Dina Rezk is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at the University of Reading. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2013. She teaches 20th century Middle East history and researches on intelligence, terrorism and popular culture in the Middle East. Her work has appeared in International History Review and Intelligence and National Security. She is author of Western Intelligence and the Arab World: Analysing the Middle East (University of Edinburgh Press, 2017).


Research Fellow

Sara Salem was a Research and Teaching Fellow in Middle East Politics at the University of Warwick (2016-2018) and is now a lecturer in sociology at LSE. She received her PhD from the Erasmus University, the Netherlands, in September 2016. Her research looks at questions of political economy, feminist and gender studies, post colonialism, history and Marxism in the particular context of the Middle East. Her work has appeared in the European Journal of Women’s Studies, nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal, Middle East Topics and Arguments and Trans-Scripts, amongst others. She is author of Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Sara has a widely-read blog called Neo-colonialism and its Discontents.