Dr Andrew Delatolla is a Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Middle East Centre. After finishing his PhD in 2018 in the LSE Department of International Relations, he was employed as an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo.
His research interests centre on issues of race, gender, and sexuality in relation to statehood and state formation. His research tends to focus on issues of violence and exclusion from an international historical political sociological lens, examining the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and the Ottoman Empire). Andrew has previously written on issues of state formation in Lebanon, using a Tilly-esque approach to understand the Lebanese Civil War as conductive to the state formation process; how civil war dynamics in Lebanon are reproduced thanks to general amnesty and power sharing agreements; how religion has been racialised from the nineteenth century to today; and how sexuality has been, and continues to be, used to measure global civilisational engagement. His current and developing project questions how the use of sexual violence by state forces during periods of internal crisis impacts citizenship, national belonging, and statehood.