Sophie Richter-Devroe | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe

Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe (PhD)

Associate Professor
Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development

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  • Office locationC.01.034, First Floor, Minaretein Building


Sophie Richter-Devroe is Associate Professor in the Women, Society and Development Program at the College of Humanities and Social Science, Hamad Bin Khalifa University.  

Sophie's broad research interests are in the field of everyday politics and women's activism in the Middle East. 

She is the author of “Women's Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival" (University of Illinois Press, 2018) which won the National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. The book analyzes Palestinian women’s creative and often informal everyday forms of political activism after the Oslo Accords.

Sophie also conducted research on the oral histories, memories and narratives of women from the often forgotten Palestinian Naqab Bedouin population, and has worked with Dr Ruba Salih (SOAS) on a joint research on Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank. More recently, she has led a research project on Syrian refugees in Italy and Greece. The project investigates the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the family and family-making practices in a transnational context. 

Sophie’s research is based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Greece.


Research Interests

  • Women, Gender and Politics in the Middle East (in particular women’s informal, everyday forms of activism and gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution and resistance)
  • Palestine Question (in particular Palestinian women, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and the Palestinian Bedouin)
  • Oral History and Orality (in particular women’s oral histories, memories and narratives)
  • Refugees and Migration (in particular gendered approaches to migration with a focus on Palestinian and Syrian refugees)
  • Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity (in particular in the context of Palestine)


Associate Professor

Women, Society and Development Program, College of Humanities and Social Science, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

2018 - present
  • Honorary Research Fellow

    European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK

    2016 - present
  • Associate Professor

    Department of Politics and International Relations, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

    2016 - 2018
  • Visiting Scholar

    Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Gender and Middle East Studies

    Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK

    2010 - 2016


PhD in Middle East Politics

University of Exeter, UK

  • MSc Development Studies

    SOAS, UK

  • BA Honours in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

    University of Cambridge, UK


Selected Publications