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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Dr May Darwich, BA, MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor in the International Relations of the Middle East in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45672
Room number: IM201a, Al-Qasimi Building

(email at may.darwich@durham.ac.uk)

Bio

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.

Qualifications

PhD, University of Edinburgh (2015)

MA, SciencePo Bordeaux (2010)

BA, Cairo University (2009)

Research Interests

  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • IR Theory
  • Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States
  • Security Studies
  • Identity Politics

Teaching Areas

  • 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.)

Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

Other (Print)

Working Paper

Selected Grants

  • 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