Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Social Research
Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, Oceania
Field of Work: Author/Novelist, Think tank/Research center
Dr. Benjamin Isakhan is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Social Research, and a faculty member of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Australia. Previously, Dr. Isakhan has been a Research Fellow with the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and a Research Fellow and Lecturer for the Griffith Islamic Research Unit, part of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Australia.
In 2009, he was awarded his Ph.D. for a thesis entitled Discourses of Democracy: ‘Oriental Despotism’ and the Democratization of Iraq which received high appraisal from international and national assessors. This work is currently being re-worked into a book tentatively titled Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse (Ashgate, 2012). Dr. Isakhan is also the co-editor of The Secret History of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), both with Stephen Stockwell.
In addition, he has authored several publications including book chapters in Islam and the Australian News Media (Melbourne University Press, 2010) and is the author of refereed articles in the journals Middle East Policy, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Global Media Journal, Journal of Sociology, Australian Journalism Review and the Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. Dr. Isakhan has also given guest lectures at The Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago as well as The Middle East Institute at Columbia University (New York).
In his time as a Research Fellow at both La Trobe and Griffith University’s, Dr. Isakhan has collaborated on a number of research projects and publications including The Politics of Withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq; Who Speaks for Islam?; Obama and the Middle East Peace Process; The History of Democracy; Measuring Islam in Australia; and The Arab Revolutions in Context.
Dr. Isakhan is a member of the Middle East Studies Association (US); The American Academic Research Intitute in Iraq (US and Iraq); The International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (UK); The Middle East Institute (US); The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (UK) among others.
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