Dr Jasmine Gani, Senior Lecturer


Dr Jasmine Gani joined the School of International Relations in September 2014. She was awarded her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where she then held the position of Fellow between 2011 and 2014. She was an Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and is Associate Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies.

Research areas

Dr Gani’s research interests include the following:          

  • International Relations of the Middle East;
  • Syrian foreign policy and contentious politics;
  • United States foreign policy in the Middle East;
  • Ideology;
  • Postcolonialism and decoloniality;
  • Religion and politics.



  • 'Research Companion For The Middle East', Edited volume with Raymond Hinnebusch (Ashgate, forthcoming 2017)
  • 'The Syrian Uprising: Consequences of the Uprisings', Edited volume with Raymond Hinnebusch (Routledge vol. 3, forthcoming 2017)
  • 'The Role of Ideology in Syrian-US Relations: Conflict and Cooperation' (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014).


  • "J.K. Gani's book will take its place with the handful of classics written on Syria-US relations. Based on US archival evidence and memoirs of diplomats and leaders, it throws new light on US policy and perceptions and evinces an empathic understanding of Syria's frustrations with Washington's inability to pursue an even-handed approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Particularly masterful is Gani's dissection of the failure of the Syrian-Israel peace negotiations - a tour d' force that will make this volume indispensable to students of diplomacy in the Arab-Israel conflict." - Raymond Hinnebusch, University of St Andrews, UK.
  • "Gani's research is important, and she makes a distinct contribution to the subject of US-Syrian relations - a contribution that will be of service to academics and policymakers alike. She employs various inter-disciplinary methodological traits of history, international relations, and political science to weave together a new recounting and understanding of the history of US-Syrian relations." - David W. Lesch, Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History, Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, USA, and author of Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad.

Book chapters and journal articles


  • "The Erasure of Race: Cosmopolitanism and the Illusion of Kantian Hospitality", Millennium, Vol. 45: 3 (2017)
  • "Reassessing Arab Nationalism" in 'Research Companion For The Middle East', Eds. J.K. Gani and Raymond Hinnebusch (Ashgate, forthcoming 2017)
  • "US Foreign Policy Towards Syria" in The Syrian Uprising: Regional and International Contexts, vol 2, Ed. R. Hinnebusch and A. Saouli (Routledge, forthcoming 2017)
  • "Three faces of the Syrian Contentious Movement: Externalisation and Failed Strategies" LSE Middle East Centre Series on Contentious Politics (forthcoming Spring 2017).
  • "Contentious Politics and the Syrian Crisis: Internationalisation and Militarisation of Conflict" in Contentious Politics in the Arab World, Ed. Fawaz Gerges (Palgrave Macmillan 2015)
  • "Theological and Secular Conceptions of Justice and Emancipation in IR: Editors' Introduction”, Millennium Journal of International Studies, 2010. Vol. 39: 2

Online articles


Current teaching 

  • Theoretical approaches to International Relations - Postcolonialism (IR2005)
  • Issues in International Relations of the Middle East - Postcolonialism and the Middle East  (IR2006)
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict (IR4605)
  • Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East (IR4600)
  • Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East (IR5415 - postgraduate).

Previously taught modules

  • Political Islam in International Relations (2014 to 2015)
  • MSc The International Relations of the Middle East (2011 to 2014)
  • MSc International Politics (2011 to 2013)
  • Social Science Issues and Methods (2010 to 2011)
  • International Security (2009 to 2011)
  • The Structure of International Society (2007 to 2009).

Research students

  • Katy McGarry: Women's activism in Turkey
  • Aisha Al-Rashdi: Sectarianisation in the Middle East (co-supervision with Professor Raymond Hinnebusch)

PhD supervision topics

Topics include:

  • Syrian foreign policy and contentious politics
  • ideologies in the Middle East
  • European coloniality and legacies in the Middle East
  • Islam and politics
  • critical perspectives on women's activism in the Middle East.

Further information

Teaching awards

  • Best Dissertation Supervisor (Arts/Divinity) 2015: University of St Andrews Student Association Teaching Award
  • LSE International Relations Deptartment prize for teaching excellence 2011
  • LSE International Relations Deptartment prize for teaching excellence 2008
  • Nomination for Best Senior Honours Teacher (Arts/Divinity) 2016, University of St Andrews Student Association
  • Nomination, LSE Student Union teaching award 2014
  • Nomination, LSE Student Union teaching award 2010.

Invited talks and media comment

  • Panel: "Trump and the World" (School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, 5 December, 2016).
  • "Historical Muslim women as pioneers in gender non-conformity" (University of St Andrews, November, 2016).
  •  St Andrews Conference with the MoD: “The History and Politics of Syria” (November 2016)
  • ”Europe and the Syrian Conflict" (University of St Andrews, November, 2016).
  • Roundtable "Anti-Racist Contestations and Decolonial Imaginaries" (Millennium Conference, 'Racialized RealitIes in World Politics', LSE, 23 October, 2016).
  • Conflict at the Critical Juncture: "Syria’s Disruption to American Grand Strategy" (Conference 3 June 2016).
  • 'Syrian Refugees in Europe', BRISMES, CSS, IMES: (Joint conference, 29 April 2016): "The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Regional Origins, Present Reality, Future Prospects"
  • Chatham House: (Panel, 27 April 2016): "The Long-term Impacts of the Syrian Conflict"
  • LSE Middle East Centre (Public Lecture, 15 March 2016): "Why Some Contentious Movements Fail: the case of the Syrian opposition"
  • University of St. Andrews (Panel, 10 November 2015): "Feminism in Islam: An Intersectional and Critical Approach"
  • RUSI and Centre for Syrian Studies (Panel, 2 October 2015): "The Iran nuclear deal, Iran's foreign policy and the crisis in Syria"
  • The Media Line (Comment, November 12, 2015): "No Unity in Labeling the Muslim Brotherhood "Terrorist".
  • University of St. Andrews (Panel, 15 April 2015): "The Calculus of Loss: How Media and Race Shape the Discussion on Terrorism"
  • University of St Andrews, Conflict and Coexistence Initiative (Lecture, St Andrews, 9 April 2015): "Empathy, dialogue and disagreement as foundations for coexistence: A brief case-study of Syria"
  • RUSI and Centre for Syrian Studies: (Panel, February 2015): "The Syrian Conflict and the ISIS Crisis."
  • LSE, UN Society (Keynote Speech, 14 October 2014): "ISIS and the UN Strategy to Maintain World Peace"
  • LSE IDEAS, US Foreign Policy Conference (Panel, 14 September 2014): "United States Policy in Syria and Strategic Caution"
  • The Afghan Women's Outreach Programme (Panel, 21 February 2014): "Tackling extremism: A Critical Inquiry".

Administrative responsibilities

  • Associate Director, Centre for Syrian Studies 2014 to current
  • Equality and Diversity Committee 2017 to current
  • Sub-Honours Advisor 2016 to current
  • Postgraduate Research Committee 2016 to current
  • Academic Misconduct Officer, 2016
  • Ethics Committee 2014 to 2015
  • Funding Selection Committee, LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme, 2015 to current
  • Project Director: 'Egypt in the Arab Spring: Multidisciplinary Research Perspectives' LSE Middle East Centre, in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University, Egypt, 2012 to 2013.


  • International Studies Association
  • British International Studies Association
  • Centre for Syrian Studies
  • Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS)
  • Postcolonial-Decolonial BISA (British International Studies Association) working group.