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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


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Glen is an Associate Professor in the Department of POLIS. 

He is also a Fellow and a Director of Studies for Politics at Trinity College, where he also serves as the Director of Admissions and the Fellow for Ethnic Diversity.

He is a winner of the University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for teaching, and he runs the RA Butler Essay Prize for school students interested in thinking, writing and arguing about politics.

His research interests are in the politics of the Middle East. Thematically, his work is on political argument and on the political economy of conflict. He chairs the Fieldwork & Research programme of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, of which he is a Trustee.


  • The politics of the modern Middle East, especially the Levant (including Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine) and the northern Gulf region (including Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait). My particular interests are (i) on the forms of political debate in these regions; and (ii) the character of the state and state-building processes.
  • Theories of contemporary conflict, particularly the political economy of modern war.
  • International organisation and some aspects of the role of international law in politics, especially in political argumentation.

Teaching and Supervisions


- Undergraduate courses

Part IIB: POL12: The Politics of the Middle East (course organiser)

Part IIB: Conflict & Peacebuilding module: Conflict in Yemen (guide from 2015-16: not running at the moment)

Part IIB: Conceptual issues and texts in Politics and International Relations

Part IIA: Comparative Politics module: Egypt and Iran

- Graduate teaching

MPhil course: The politics & international relations of the Middle East

Applications from prospective PhD students are welcome. I review all PhD applications that come in to the department that focus on the Middle East, but please note that I am not able to give feedback on proposed research topics or indicate a willingness to supervise prior to application.

My current PhD students are:

  • Babak Mohammadzadeh, "State-society relations and foreign policy autonomy in the Persian Gulf"
  • José Ciro Martínez, "The Politics of Bread: Development, Dispossession and Authoritarianism in Jordan and Morocco"

PhD students who submitted in the academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17 are:

  • Michael Clark, "Identity and Foreign Policy Formulation in Hezbullah and the Sadrist movement"
  • Renad Mansour, "The Kurdistan Region's sub-state diplomatic practice" 
  • Anser Kazi, "The Politics of Blasphemy: Religion and Public Reasoning in Pakistan"
  • Burcu Ozcelik, "Reclaiming reconciliation: pro-Kurdish rights claims and the politics of recognition in Turkey, 2002-2015"
  • Alia al-Kadi, "The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan: Foreign Policy Perspectives" 
Deputy Head of Department
Associate Professor
University Teaching Officer
Fellow, Trinity College
Dr Glen  Rangwala

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