Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science


Brief Biography

Shourideh C. Molavi is a writer and scholar in political science specializing in critical state theory, migration and border studies, international relations, political theory and trained with a background in International Humanitarian Law. She has extensive academic and fieldwork experience in the Middle East on the topics of border practices, migration, citizenship, human and minority rights, with an emphasis on the relationship between the law, violence and power. 

Since 2003, Molavi has written on and been an active participant in numerous Israeli and Palestinian academic institutions, research centers and civil society coalitions. Through these posts, she conducted active fieldwork and legal research on issues pertaining to the politics of violence, borders, migration, displacement and transitional justice as related to refugee- and citizen-hood.

Molavi has taught at Bard College in Al-Quds University in the Department of Human Rights and International Law in Abu Dis/Jerusalem, and at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in Qatar. Since 2014, she has worked as a Lead Researcher on Israel-Palestine and fieldworker with Forensic Architecture, an independent and interdisciplinary research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Molavi has a PhD and an MA in political science, and a JD from Osgoode Hall School of Law at York University, Toronto, Canada.

Research Interest
  • Human and Minority Rights
  • Border Practices
  • Citizenship, Exclusion, Refugees
  • Global Migration
  • Critical State Theory
  • International Law
  • Israel-Palestine Studies
  • Zionism Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • International Relations