Personal profile

Research overview

Sarah Gharib Seif's doctoral research focuses on the (re)production and perpetuation of colonial, racialised and gendered constructions of women who joined the Islamic State through media and government narratives in the Anglosphere, with a particular focus on the UK. She is supervised by Dr. Jasmine Gani and Dr. Roxani Krystalli.

Sarah's research interests include:

  • Critical approaches to terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • The politics and creation of media and government narratives and discourses
  • The intersections of gender, race and religion
  • The colonial nature of citizenship
  • Decolonial, post-colonial, and feminist approaches to IR

Sarah received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in 2018. She also holds an M.A. in International Peace and Security from King's College London. She has previously worked as a researcher on Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Leading to Terrorism at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), with a focus on the intersections of gender and terrorism, and of DDR and counter-terrorism. She previously worked as a geopolitics and social media intelligence analyst.

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