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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Dr May Darwich, BA, MA, PhD

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

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May Darwich joined Durham University in 2016 as Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East. She received her PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Prior to her arrival in Durham, she was a Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg, Germany), working within the IDCAR-Network 'The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes' (2014-2016). She is currently co-editor of the APSA MENA Newsletter:


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.)


Book review

Chapter in book

  • Darwich, M. (2016). Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Martin, Richard C. Macmillan Reference USA. 824-825.

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