Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science


Brief Biography

Shourideh C. Molavi is a writer and scholar in political science specializing in critical international relations and 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 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, migration, displacement and transitional justice as related to refugee- and citizen-hood. Much of this work has been with the Arab citizens of Israel and Haifa-based NGOs, including Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research.

Molavi has taught from 2014-2016 at Bard College in Al-Quds University in the Department of Human Rights and International Law in Abu Dis/Jerusalem, and from 2016-2018 at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in Qatar. Since 2014 she has also worked as a legal researcher and fieldworker with Forensic Architecture, an independent 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
  • Political Theory
  • International Relations
  • Human and Minority Rights
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Israel-Palestine Studies
  • International Law
  • Critical State Theory