Dr May Darwich, BA, MA, PhD
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am an Assistant Professor in International Relations of the Middle East in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University, in the United Kingdom. I hold a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh (2015), an MA in International Politics from SciencePo Bordeaux (2010), and a BA in Political Science from Cairo University (2009). I held a Research Fellowship at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, within the IDCAR-Network ‘The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes’ (2014-2016). I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Edinburgh (2012-2014) and Cairo University (2010-2011).
My research has appeared in internationally renowned journals, namely Foreign Policy Analysis, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Democratization, Mediterranean Politics, Global Discourse and in volumes on the international relations of the Middle East. My research attempts to bring Middle East cases to debates within IR theory while surmounting the challenge to the study of state behaviour in the Middle East through theoretical lenses. My current research projects focus on regional military interventions in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen since 2015, the diffusion of sectarianism in not so sectarian societies in the Middle East, and the concept of 'shame' in international relations and its impact on state identity formation.
I have taught a wide range of modules on International Relations Theory and the Middle East, including IR and Security in the Middle East, Introduction to International Relations, Global Regions in the International System, International Organisations. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am co-editor of the APSA (American Political Science Association) MENA Newsletter.
PhD, University of Edinburgh (2015)
MA, SciencePo Bordeaux (2010)
BA, Cairo University (2009)
- International Relations of the Middle East
- IR Theory
- Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States
- Security Studies
- Identity Politics
SGIA 1081 Global Regions in International Relations(11 hours/year.)
SGIA 2261: International Organisations(3 hours/year.)
SGIA 2341: Research Project (Alliance Politics in a Changing Middle East)(20 hours/year.)
SGIA 41115: IR and Security in the Middle East(27 hours/year.)
- SGIA 3941: IR & Security in the Middle East (13 hours/year.)
- Darwich, M. (2017). Book Review of Muted modernists: the struggle over divine politics in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed. Global Discourse 7(2-3): 396-399.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Book Review of "Democracy Promotion and Foreign Policy: Identity and Interests in US, EU and non-Westerns Democracies". Democratization 23(4): 772-774.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Book Review of "The International Dimensions of Democratization in Egypt: The Limits of Externally-Internally Induced Change". The Middle East Journal 70(2): 333-334.
Chapter in book
- Darwich, M. (Forthcoming). Middle Power Theory at the Regional Level: An Analytical Framework for the Middle East. In Middle Power Politics in the Middle East. Saouli, Adham Hurst/Oxford University Press.
- Darwich, M. (Forthcoming). Saudi Arabia and the Syrian Crisis. In The Syrian Uprising: Regional and International Contexts. Hinnebusch, Raymond & Saouli, Adham Routledge. 2.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Martin, Richard C. Macmillan Reference USA. 824-825.
- Darwich, M. (2018). The Saudi Intervention in Yemen: Struggling for Status. Turkey Inisight 20(2): 125-141.
- Darwich, M. (2017). Creating the Enemy, Constructing the Threat: The Diffusion of Repression against the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East. Democratization 24(7): 1289-1306.
- Darwich, M. (2017). Review Article: The International Politics of Authoritarian Resilience and Breakdown in the Middle East. Mediterranean Politics
- Darwich, M. & Fakhoury, T. (2016). Casting the Other as an Existential Threat: The Securitisation of Sectarianism in the International Relations of the Syria Crisis. Global Discourse 6(4): 712-732.
- Darwich, M. (2016). Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: The Divergent Cases of Syria and Saudi Arabia During the Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988). Journal of Global Security Studies 1(2): 142-156.
- Darwich, M. (2016). The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy. Foreign Policy Analysis 12(3): 469-488.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Darwich, M. (2015). The Challenge of Bridging IR and Area Studies in Middle East International Relations Teaching. LSE Middle East Center Blog
- Darwich, M. (2018). Analytical Eclecticism: Appraising the Study of Middle East International Relations. 3(2): 6-8.
- Darwich, M. (2017). Offshore Balancing [in Arabic]. 19: 3-6.
- Darwich, M. (2016). To Intervene or Not to Intervene? The Use of Military Force as Coercive Mechanism of Autocratic Diffusion. POMEPS Studies 46-51.
- Darwich, M. (2015). Machtprestige als Motiv des saudischen Krieges im Jemen [Power Prestige and the Origins of the Saudi War in Yemen]. GIGA Focus Nahost 2015(6): 1-8.
- Darwich, M. (2014). The Ontological (In)security of Similarity: Wahhabism versus Islamism in Saudi Foreign Policy. 263, 1-26.
- 2017: APSA MENA Collaborative Grant. Amount: US$ 5,490
- 2016: APSA MENA Writing for Publication Workshop. Amount: US$ 6,000
- 2015: DAAD fund for fieldwork. Amount: €1,500
- 2012: The Arab-British Chamber Commerce Grant. Amount: £2,000
- 2011: Bernard Crick Fellowship, University of Edinburgh. Amount: £3,000
- 2011: Global Supplementary Grant, the Open Society Foundation. Amount: US$5000.
- 2009: Master scholarship of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
- 2005: Undergraduate Scholarship of Mohamed Farid Khamis Foundation