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Dr Hsinyen Lai

Dr Hsinyen Lai

Associate Lecturer

Researcher profile

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Hsinyen Lai was born and raised in Taiwan. He holds a BA in Arabic from National Cheng-Chi University (2007), a MA in Political Science, with major in International Relations, from National Chung-Cheng University (2010) in Taiwan, a MRes (2013) and a PhD (2018) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh. In January 2019, he joined the School of International Relations and has been teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also acts as the managing editor for the journal of Mediterranean Politics and a member of the Foreign Policy Analysis Research Network within the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR) based in the University of Edinburgh.


Hsinyen's undergraduate levels of teaching include

  • IR3301 Politics and State Formation in the Middle East
  • IR3304 The International, Modernity and Contemporary Gulf Politics
  • IR4601 Political Order and Violence in the Middle East
  • IR4604 Political Islam and International Relations  

He also teaches the modules on the MLitt programme in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (MECCASS):

  • IR5059 Political Order and Violence in the Middle East 

Research areas

Hsinyen?s research areas lie at the intersection of international historical sociology and politics of the Middle East. He is currently working on a book manuscript. Drawing on Antonio Gramsci's insights, the manuscript re-conceptualises social origins and evolution of Arab nationalism and revisits the role of Arab nationalism in Bahrain's alignment in the 1970s. Meanwhile, he is also developing a project on Fred Halliday's intellectual legacy to International Relations. 

Selected publications


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