Dr Andrew Delatolla

Dr Andrew Delatolla


Dr Andrew Delatolla is a Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the current Chair of the LGBTQA+ Caucus of the International Studies Association. After completing his PhD in 2018 in the Department of International Relations at the LSE, he was employed as an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. 

Research interests

His research interests centre on issues of race, gender, and sexuality in relation to statehood and state formation. His research focuses on issues of violence and exclusion, examining the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and the Ottoman Empire) through an international historical political sociological lens. 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 due 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 forthcoming book with Palgrave Macmillan examines the relationship between European notions of civilization and state making in Lebanon and Syria, arguing that the post-colonial state is a product of a standard of civilization, one that has mobilized – and continues to mobilize – implicit and explicit racist conceptions of civilization, development, and identity. 

His current and developing project questions the use of sexual violence by state forces during periods of internal crisis and its impact on citizenship, national belonging, and statehood.

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  • BFa, Drawing and Painting, OCAD University
  • BA, Political Science, Concordia University
  • MA, Intelligence and International Security, King's College London
  • PhD, International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professional memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • BISA

Research groups and institutes

  • Gender
  • Conflict
  • History
  • Politics
  • Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Arabic