Affiliated Faculty

CIWAS affiliated faculty come from several departments and disciplines. For more info on staff, click on the name.


Dr. George Vassiadis

Dr. George Vassiadis

Lecturer in Modern Greek History

Focus on history of Greek communities of Turkey & Egypt, and heritage of the multiethnic cities of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Professor Ben O’Loughlin

Professor Ben O’Loughlin

Professor of International Relations

Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit. Focus on strategic narratives, soft power, and media.

Professor Jonathan Harris

Professor Jonathan Harris

Professor of the History of Byzantium

Focus on the relations between the Byzantine Empire, western Europe, and the Islamic world.

Professor Andrew Gibson

Professor Andrew Gibson

Research Professor of Modern Literature and Theory

Focus on contemporary French philosophy, historical reason, and Islamic thought in French philosophy.

Professor David Denney

Professor David Denney

Professor of Social and Public Policy

Focus on risk insecurity, terrorism, global cyber security, social media, cyber security policy.    

Professor Veronica Della Dora

Professor Veronica Della Dora

Chair of Human Geography

Focus on history of cartography, Byzantine and post-Byzantine landscape, sacred space, and geographical imagination.  

Dr. Antara Datta

Dr. Antara Datta

Lecturer in International Relations

Focus on decolonisation, refugees, borders, subjectivities of minorities, and concepts of citizenship in South Asia.  

Dr. Karoline Cook

Dr. Karoline Cook

Lecturer in History

Focus on interconnections between Atlantic and Mediterranean societies, Muslims and the Spanish Empire, intersection between religious identity, race, and nation.

Professor Matthew Isaac Cohen

Professor Matthew Isaac Cohen

Professor of International Theatre

Focus on arts and culture of Indonesia, with emphasis on Javanese-style shadow puppet theatre.  

Dr. Lindsey Bell

Dr. Lindsey Bell

Lecturer in Law

Focus on counter-terrorism policy and law in the UK.  

Dr. Simon Behrman

Dr. Simon Behrman

Lecturer in Law

Focus on refugee and migration law, theology, social anthropology, asylum in South Asia and the Middle East.  

Professor Rachel Beckles Willson

Professor Rachel Beckles Willson

Professor of Music

Writer, Musician, Researcher. Focus on politics of space, historiography and performance, with an emphasis on history of musical imperialism in