• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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    United Kingdom

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Co-Director, Centre for Syrian Studies



Dr Jasmine Gani is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on western empires in the Middle East and Asia; anti-colonial history and political thought;  Ideologies and social movements; and the coloniality of knowledge production in IR.

Her recent articles include Anti-colonial Connectivity between Islamicate Movements in the Middle East and South Asia; Racial Militarism and Civilisational Anxiety at the Imperial Encounter; and Orientalist discourse and policy in the west after the Arab Uprisings. She co-edited the 100th Anniversary Special Issue of International Affairs (with Jenna Marshall) and her next book project focuses on imperialist ideology in US-Syrian relations.

Dr Gani has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and post-doctoral fellow at the LSE. She is member of the national QAA Advisory Group for politics and International Relations. She sits on the editorial board of the journal International Affairs and was an editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (vol. 39). Within the University, she is a member of the Institution Race Equality Group, the Refugee and Forced Migration Network, the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies, and the Institute for Middle East and Central Asia Studies. Open access versions of her publications are posted on jasminekgani.wordpress.com.

Teaching activity

Sub-Honours Teaching

  • IR1005 Concepts in Global Politics (Lectures on "State, Sovereignty, and Nationalism")
  • IR2005 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations (Lectures on "Postcolonialism and Decoloniality")

Honours Teaching

  • IR3303 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • IR4600 Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East

MLitt Teaching

  • IR5067 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

PhD Supervision

Dr Gani's PhD students are working on the following projects:

  • Sectarianisation and securitisation of the uprisings in Syria and Bahrain
  • British colonialism and racialisation of national identity and migration in the Gulf
  • Dislocation and resettlement of indigenous communities in the US
  • Coloniality of knowledge production and anti-colonial thought in British Malaya
  • Race, citizenship, and exclusion in British media and political discourse
  • Racial and Nationalist Exclusion and Belonging of Syrian diaspora in Turkey and Germany
  • Coloniality of NGO engagement with Arab diaspora in Scotland


Research overview

  • Research interests: US & European empires in the Middle East and Asia; anti-colonial history & political thought; US-Syrian Relations
  • Current Projects: coloniality in postcolonial states; imperialist ideology in US policy towards Syria; Islamic anti-colonialism; Decolonising methodology; International Affairs 100th Anniversary special issue.
  • I welcome PhD students researching the above topics, plus race & nationalism in UK/ France; Islamic political thought.
  • Open access versions of my publications are posted on jasminekgani.wordpress.com.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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