Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Associate Professor in International Relations

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Islamism, Turkey, Middle East international relations, civilization in IR

About me

Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In 2015-16, she was British Academy Mid-Career Fellow and in 2016-19 she participated in a project on the ‘Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture’, sponsored by the European Commission under the auspices of Horizon 2020 (2016-19). She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Dr Dalacoura’s work has centered on the intersection of Islamism and international human rights norms. She has worked on human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East, particularly in the context of Western policies in the region.

Her latest research focuses on the role of culture and civilization in International Relations with special reference to Turkey. She has a continuing interest in questions of secularity and secularization in the Middle East. She is author of Islam, Liberalism and Human Rights: Implications for International Relations (I. B. Tauris, 2007), Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and of a number of chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Dalacoura teaches a third year undergraduate course on the Middle East and International Relation theory and a course on the international politics of culture and religion at MSc level; as well as undergraduate and post-graduate courses on international relations theory.


Katerina Dalacoura supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
the Middle East and international relations theory; culture and civilization in IR; religion and secularity in IR; Islamist movements and international human rights and democracy norms; Turkish Islamist history pertaining to IR; Turkish foreign policy.
However she will consider other proposals too.



  • British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, ‘Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish Discourses on Culture in International Relations’ 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016
  • Partner/Participant (LSE), Horizon 20-20, Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping Geopolitical Shifts, Regional Order and Domestic Transformations (MENARA), Submission led by: Centre for International Information and Documentation in Barcelona (CIDOB), 1 April 2016 – 31 January 2019.
  • United States Institute of Peace, grant for ‘Democracy and Terrorism in the Middle East’ project, fieldwork and salary replacement, 2007.
  • Research Officer for a Leverhulme Trust grant in 1996-7

Dr Dalacoura's article “Islamism, secularization, secularity: the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a phenomenon of a secular age” from Economy and Society is available free and in full to the first 50 people to follow this link.

Dr Dalacoura's article “‘East’ and ‘West’ in contemporary Turkey: threads of a new universalism” from Third World Quarterly is available free and in full to the first 50 people to follow this link.

Dr Dalacoura's article "Political Islam in Tunisia: the history of Ennahda" from British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies is available free and in full to the first 50 people to follow this link.

Expertise Details

Islamism and human rights; Western policy in the Middle East; culture and civilisation in International Relations; Turkey

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