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.

Research Interests

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 Interests

    Teaching Political Science, with a special emphasis on methodology, issues of violence and democracy and modern political thought.

    Taught Courses
  • 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