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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Churchill College


Karim El Taki is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies. His research project explores the tension between sovereignty and hierarchy in the modern international. In his doctoral thesis, he studies sovereigntism with an empirical focus on Egypt (2013-15) and Qatar (2017-21).

During the course of his PhD, Karim has conducted fieldwork in Doha and Washington DC as a Visiting Doctoral Student at Georgetown University Qatar and a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University. He has also been a Doctoral Fellow at the Max Weber Foundation’s Orient-Institut Beirut.

Karim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Middle Eastern Studies and a Research Master’s degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris.



  • Sovereigntism
  • Sovereignty in hierarchy
  • Social recognition and misrecognition
  • Sociology of IR
  • Middle Eastern Politics


Key publications: 

Subordinates’ Quest for Recognition in Hierarchy (Open Access), Millennium: Journal of International Studies (OnlineFirst, 2021)

Sovereigntism: Egypt and Qatar in Hierarchy
Supervisor: Dr Glen Rangwala
 Karim  El Taki