Political Scientists to Join CCAS in 2013-2014

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is pleased to announce the appointments of Marwa Daoudy and Daniel Neep as permanent members of the SFS faculty. The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is pleased to announce the appointments of Marwa Daoudy and Daniel Neep as permanent members of the SFS faculty.

Dr. Marwa Daoudy will join CCAS in Spring 2014. She is currently Departmental Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East in St Antony’s College at Oxford University. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Department of Political Science of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, from where she also earned a Master’s in International Relations, History, and International Politics. Daoudy specializes in conflict studies, environmental politics, and the management of strategic resources, with a special focus on Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Israel, and Turkey. She is interested specifically in the politics and international relations of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace negotiations, and the politics of water. Her book The Water Divide Between Syria, Turkey, and Iraq: Negotiation, Security, and Power Asymmetry, was published in French by CNRS Editions in 2005.

Dr. Daniel Neep will be joining the Center in Fall 2013. He is currently a Lecturer in International and Middle East Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. He received his PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he also holds a MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. His research interests center around the politics of state formation in the Middle East, with a particular focus on modern Syria, and he approaches his work with an interdisciplinary training in Arabic and Middle East Studies. His dissertation, “Colonizing Violence: Insurgency, Space, and Subjectivity in French Mandate Syria,” was awarded the BRISMES Leigh Douglas Memorial Award for the best UK thesis on the Middle East, and it was recently published by Cambridge University Press as Occupying Syria Under the French Mandate: Insurgency, Space, and State Formation (2012). Neep was recently seconded from the University of Exeter to direct the Council for British Research in the Levant in Damascus, which has since transferred to Amman.

The faculty and staff of CCAS congratulate Drs. Daoudy and Neep on their accomplishments to date, and are delighted to welcome them aboard in the coming semesters.