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

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Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe

Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe (PhD)


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

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  • Office locationOffice Number 146, LAS Building

Biography

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)

Experience

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
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Gender and Middle East Studies

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

    2010 - 2016

Education

PhD in Middle East Politics

University of Exeter, UK

2010
  • MSc Development Studies

    SOAS, UK

    2005
  • BA Honours in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

    University of Cambridge, UK

    2004

Selected Publications

  • Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival

    Illinois University Press 2018
  • The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism

    London, Routledge   Nsasra, M., Ratcliffe, R., Abu Rabia-Queder, S., Richter-Devroe, S. (eds) 2014
  • Gender, Governance, and International Security

    London, Routledge   Pratt, N. and Richter-Devroe, S. (eds) 2013
  • Palestine beyond National Frames: Emerging Politics, Cultures, and Claims

    Special Issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 117, No 1.    Richter-Devroe, S. and Salih, R. (eds)  2018
  • The Politics of Representation: the Case of the Naqab Bedouin

    Special issue of Journal of Palestine and Holy Land Studies, Vol. 15, No.1.    Richter-Devroe, S., Nsasra M., Ratcliffe, R. (eds) 2016
  • Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond

    Special Issue of Arab Studies Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1.   Salih, R. and Richter-Devroe, S. (eds)  2014
  • Critically Examining UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

    Special Issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 13, No. 4.   Pratt, N. and Richter-Devroe, S. (eds) 2011
  • Palestine beyond National Frames: Emerging Politics, Cultures, and Claims

    South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 117, No. 1.   Salih, R., Richter-Devroe, S. 2018
  • Biography, Life History and Orality: A Naqab Bedouin Woman’s Narrative of Displacement, Expulsion and Escape in Historic Southern Palestine, 1930s-1970s

    HAWWA, Vol. 14, No. 3.    2017
  • Oral Traditions of Naqab Bedouin Women: Challenging Settler-Colonial Representations through Embodied Performance

    Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, Vol. 15, No.1.  2016
  • Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: On the Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect

     Arab Studies Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1.    Salih, R. and Richter-Devroe, S. 2014
  • Return Narratives of Palestinian Refugees in the West Bank – A Generational Perspective

    Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations, but One Identity, The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine.     2013
  • Like Something Sacred: Palestinian Refugees’ Narratives on the Right of Return

    Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 2. 2013
  • Defending their Land, Protecting their Men: Palestinian Women’s Popular Resistance after the Second Intifada

    International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 14, No. 1.     2012
  • Palestinian Women's Everyday Resistance: Between Normality and Normalization

    Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2. 2011
  • Here it is not about conflict resolution – we can only resist”: Palestinian Women’s Activism in Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Resistance in Al-Ali, N. and Pratt, N. (eds)

    Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives, London, Zed Books. 2009
  • Gender, Culture, and Conflict Resolution in Palestine

    Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2. 2008
  • Amoruso, F., Gallois, W., Pappe, I., Richter-Devroe, S., eds. (2019) Settler Colonialism in Palestine, Special Issue of Interventions

    International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 21, No. 4.

    2019
  • Nasasra, M., Kabha, M. and Richter-Devroe, S. eds. (2019) قضاء بئر السبع: ابعاد سياسية واقتصادية وثقافية

    Jerusalem: Dar al Nashashibi. [in Arabic]

    2019
  • Richter-Devroe, S. (2019) “UNSCR 1325: A Framework for Women’s Peace Activism in the Middle East?” in Akbarzadeh, S. (ed)

    Routledge Handbook of the International Relations in the Middle East, London: Routledge.

    2019
  • Richter-Devroe, S. (2019) كتابة حياة نساء النقب البدويات: تأملات في فرص ومآزق ومخاطر التاريخ الشفهي in Nasasra, M, Kabha, M and Richter-Devroe, S (eds)قضاء بئر السبع: ابعاد سياسية واقتصادية وثقافية

    Jerusalem: Dar al Nashashibi. [in Arabic]

    2019
  • Richter-Devroe, S. (2019) “Introduction: Knowledge, Power, and the “Settler Colonial Turn” in Palestine Studies”

    Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 21, No. 4

    2019