Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe
Telephone: 01392 724018
Lecturer in Gender and Middle East Studies
I gained my BA (Hons) from Cambridge University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and my MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Development Studies. My PhD research at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, examined Palestinian women’s different types of formal and informal political activism in 'peacemaking' and 'resistance' after the Oslo Accords. It formed the basis of my first monograph "How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine" which won the National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize and will be published by Illinois Press in 2014.
My research interests broadly cover three main fields:
- Women and Gender in the Middle East (particularly women’s informal political activism)
- The Palestine Question (particularly Palestinian women, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and the Naqab Bedouins)
- Gender and Politics (particularly gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution and resistance)
My current funded research projects are:
- Palestinian Refugees' Strategies of Conflict Resolution: Reconciling Citizenship Rights and Return
This is a joint research project with Dr Ruba Salih (SOAS). It is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.
- Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women's Oral Histories in the Naqab
This project is funded by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship.
I am a member of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, and also participate in the Institute's Humanitites and Social Science Clusters.