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Hannah graduated with a degree in Economics from Sussex University. She went on to study at the University of Oxford, where she completed an MSc in Economic and Social History with distinction. Hannah went on to study at the EUIShe is currently a PhD candidate in History at Merton College, Oxford writing up her thesis: ‘Behind the Sun: A social and cultural history of political imprisonment in postcolonial Egypt. Hannah’s research is funded by the ESRC and the All Souls T.E. Lawrence Scholarship.

Hannah teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Transnational History, History of Gender and Sexuality and Modern Middle East History. Her research spans issues of postcolonial governance and violence, queer and working class lived experience, power, production and resistance under capitalist and neo-liberal modernities.

Research interests and PhD supervision

I am an economic historian of Modern Britain and social and cultural historian of the Modern Middle East with a broad interest in

  • Political Violence
  • Policing and Incarceration
  • Postcolonial social and cultural history
  • Queer theory and history
  • Histories of Capitalism

I would particularly welcome students looking to work on technologies of power, repression and political violence in postcolonial polities; cultural and oral histories of marginalised communities in the Middle East; histories and historical sociologies of capitalism at its origins through to late 19th century; post-colonial state formation; queer and gendered histories of the Modern Middle East.


Hannah’s teaching covers Approaches to History, Transnational History, History of Gender and Sexuality and Modern Middle East History.

Expertise and public engagement

Hannah participates regularly on panels for a wider audience, particularly in the fields of Human Rights, Academic Free Speech and Middle East Politics, most recently on panels discussing Academic Freedom in the Middle East and HRW and Amnesty campaigns for democracy in the region. Hannah sometimes writes public opinion pieces for the Guardian, Independent, Ceasefire and Salvage and regularly comments on Middle East and UK Politics in TV media outlets such as Al-Jazeera, and the BBC.