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Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh
Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh

Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh

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Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies

Research subject areas

  • Equality
  • International development
  • International relations

Contact details


Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Development, where she has worked for the last four years.

She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, she has lectured in anthropology and development studies in universities around the Arab region (American University of Beirut; American University of Cairo) and the US (Columbia and Brown Universities).

Mayssoun recently published her first book: 'Youth rising: The politics of youth in the Global economy'. In addition to this scholarly monograph, she has published widely across an interdisciplinary range of highly ranked academic journals, including Anthropological Quarterly; Political and Legal Anthropology; Third World Quarterly; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; Race and Class; Journal of Youth Studies; and British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Her publications can be summed under four broad areas of interests:

  1. Political economy and knowledge production about youth
  2. Social and cultural transformations in the Arab World after the neoliberal turn
  3. Knowledge production about refugees
  4. Decolonising education.


  • Critical development studies
  • Political economy of the Middle East
  • Cultural politics of neoliberal globalisation
  • Critical youth studies
  • Education in the global context
  • Knowledge production/ Refugees research
  • Social movement in the Middle East, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf States

Mayssoun's research interests engage broadly with social, economic and cultural transformations in relation to neoliberal development in the Middle East. Specifically, she focuses on analysing 1) the spatial flow of ideas between global centres of capital and power and the Arab region; 2) labour and political economy, as well as the construction of neoliberal ideology and culture and the creation of neoliberal subjects; 3) and civil society struggles, geographies of collective resistance and social movements that seek to create alternative futures to the currently prevailing neoliberal model.



  • 5YYD0014 Social Justice: Ethnographic Insights
  • 5YYD0019 Issues of Development in the Contemporary Middle East


  • 7YYD0033 Displacement and Development

PhD supervision

Mayssoun is interested in supervising PhD projects focused on topics closely-aligned with her areas of research.

Further details

See Mayssoun's research profile