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 former Chair of the LGBTQA+ Caucus of the International Studies Association 2020/2021. 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. 


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  • School Academic Lead for Inclusive Pedagogies

Research interests

His research interests centre on the intersections of race and sexuality in relation to statehood and state formation. His research focuses on the international relations and politics 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 conducive to the state formation process; how civil war dynamics in Lebanon are reproduced in the post-conflict context due to general amnesty and power sharing agreements; how religion has been racialised from the nineteenth century to today; the historical importance of race in international relations; and how sexuality has been, and continues to be, used to measure global civilisational engagement. 

His book, published with Palgrave Macmillan (2021), 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. He has also written on this subject for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies

His current and developing project examines the relationship between statehood and sexual governance. It considers how social reproduction relies on structures of heteronormativity and questions the disruptive politics of queer radicalism. 

He is also part of the University of Leeds Queer Area Studies Network.

Recently published work

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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
  • Queer Area Studies Network

Current postgraduate researchers

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