May Darwich

Colleges, School and Institutes


May Darwich is Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Birmingham. She was Assistant Professor at Durham University (2016-2019) and a Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, within the IDCAR-Network ‘The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes’(2014-2015). She was Teaching Assistant at the University of Edinburgh (2012-2014) and Cairo University (2010-2011). She holds 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).

Her 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. Her 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. She is the author of Threats and Alliances in the Middle East: Saudi and Syrian Policies in a Turbulent Region (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

She serves as Trustee of the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), a British Academy Institute aimed at enhancing and supporting research in the Levant. She also serves on the Steering Committee on the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), a collaborative network designed to enhance the broader field of Middle East political science. Between 2016-2019, she was co-editor of the APSA (American Political Science Association) MENA Newsletter. Since 2019, she is Director of the Arab Political Science Network (APSN), a scholarly collaborative initiative that seeks to support, enhance and increase scholars’ research and teaching outputs in the study of political science, and its sub and related fields in the Arab world.

Research interests

  • International Relations Theory
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Security Studies
  • Identity Politics

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, The

    2011 - 2015
  • Master of Arts, Sciences Po Bordeaux

    2009 - 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts and Economics, Cairo University

    2005 - 2009

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

International Relations of the Middle East
Conflict and Security Policies in the Middle East
Identity Politics in the Middle East
Foreign Policy of Middle Eastern States