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Dr Rory McCarthy

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45217
Room number: Room 210, Elvet Hill House

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I joined Durham University in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in Politics and Islam to work on the comparative politics of the Middle East. I have two current projects. First, I study the dilemmas of Islamism in the wake of the Arab uprisings, looking at the internal dynamics of contemporary Islamist mobilizations and rethinking concepts of post-Islamism. Most of my fieldwork in recent years has focused on the trajectories of Islamism in Tunisia. Second, I’m writing about the politics of protest in the Middle East through a region-wide comparative analysis of contentious politics and claims to dignity.

Before coming to Durham I spent three years as a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford. Previously, I worked as a foreign correspondent with the Guardian, with postings in Islamabad, Baghdad, Beirut, and Jerusalem. I have a BA in History from Cambridge and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a DPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford.

Twitter: @rmccarthy

Office Hours (online via Teams for 2020/21): Mon 1430-1530, Thurs 1130-1230 

Research Interests

  • Islamism
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • Contentious Politics

Teaching Areas

  • SGIA 2311 Middle East in the International System
  • SGIA 3271 Muslims and Politics in the Modern World
  • SGIA 49530 International Politics of the Middle East

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