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Dr Sabiha Allouche


Office Hours:

TERM 1: Mondays 15:00-17:00 and Thursdays 13:00-15:00 @ 155A PL bldg. 


I work in the fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Middle East politics.

I am an interdisciplinary researcher whose work bridges the gap between political analysis and anthropological writing. Feminist theory, affect studies and queer theory are some of my favourite areas of study.

Methodologically, I privilege empirically grounded analysis, including ethnographic work, story-telling and life histories, in order to prioritize the lived reality, alongside discourse analysis. While being primarily situated within feminist and queer studies, my work engages with feminist approaches to violence, conflict, migration, and social mobility. I am invested in uncovering the links between invisible and more palpable types of violence by drawing on postcolonial feminist perspectives on knowledge production. I am particularly interested in the racialized, sexed and gendered logics that construe international relations both as discipline and practice.

I am dedicated to producing decolonized knowledge – a belief that I hold dearly and thrive to implement in my teaching.

Research interests

Queer Theory in/and the Middle East

I am currently finalizing two projects where I examine the scope of queer theory beyond sexuality paradigms. I am particularly interested in complicating the relationship between queer theory and area studies. The first project draws upon primary data and rethinks the queer from a Middle East viewpoint; it privilege “different normativity” instead. The second works through a queer IR framework and contrast the sexual maturity of familiar militarized masculinities to show how sexed imaginings are mediated in foreign policies.

Affect, Violence and Mediatation (in relation to the Middle East)

I am currently working with Dr. Sara Tafakori (LSE) on an edited volume on Affect Theory, International Relations and the Middle East, to be published by Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. The special issue examines the relation between digital technologies and the politics and cultures of emotions and affectivities, focusing on and problematizing in particular the Middle East in its translocal and transnational mediations.

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise research students working on:

  • Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
  • Decolonial Approaches in IR
  • Intersectional Feminism and Coalitional Politics
  • Sect, Sectarianism and Sectarianization in the Middle East
  • Masculinity(ies) and Militarization in the Middle East
  • Affect and Mediation in/and the Middle East 


I was awarded my MA degree and PhD in Gender Studies from SOAS University of London in 2018. I worked at SOAS as a Senior Teaching Fellow from 2017-2019 where I convened the courses Gender in the Middle East and Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East. I also hold a Máster (Título Propio) in International Relations and Global Communications from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2008). I have joined Exeter University in September 2019 as Lecturer in Middle East Politics. 

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