Dr Abdelwahab El Affendi
Provost, Acting President, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI). Was Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Institute (2017-2020). Previously, Head of the Politics and IR Program at DI (2015-2017), and founder coordinator of the Democracy and Islam Program at the University of Westminster (1998-2015). Also worked as a pilot, London-based Sudanese diplomat, and journalist and magazine editor in the UK.
Dr El-Affendi was visiting fellow/professor at the Christian Michelsen Institute (Bergen, Norway, 1995 and 2003), and the Universities of Northwestern (Chicago, 2002), Oxford (1990), Cambridge (2010-2012), and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia, 2008). Delivered keynote speeches and lectures at most major universities in the US, UK and a number of universities in Asia, Africa and South America.
Education: PhD (Reading, UK), MA (University of Wales (Swansea), BA (hons), University of Khartoum
Languages: Arabic; English, working knowledge of French.
Critique of the methodologies of the social sciences; theories of democratic transition; mass violence and genocide; modern Islamic thought and movements; Sudanese politics and society.
Selected Research Projects
- Rethinking Political Science
- Theories of Democratic Transition
- Identity and political conflict in Sudan
Teaching Political Science, with a special emphasis on methodology, issues of violence and democracy and modern political thought.
- Methodology of Political Science
- Mass Violence, State Failure and Humanitarian Intervention
- Islam and Democracy
- Modernity in the Arab world
- Islam and Modernity
- Political Science and the Arabs Seminar