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Members of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck have research interests that span all major subfields in the study of Politics and numerous geographical foci.

British Politics: Birkbeck has long been a centre of excellence for the study of British politics since the pioneering work of scholars such as Bernard Crick and Ben Pimlott. Current faculty working in this field include Jason Edwards, Dermot Hodson, Eric KaufmannDeborah Mabbett, David Styan and Ben Worthy.

Comparative Politics: Scholars at Birkbeck have always taken an interest in the similarities and differences between political systems starting with Sami Zubaida’s path breaking work on Middle East politics and nationalism. Zubaida remains an Emeritus Professor in the Department and other faculty working on comparative politics include Matthijs van den Bos, Alex Colas, Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos, Ali Burak Güven, Dermot Hodson, Eric Kaufmann, Deborah Mabbett, Robert Singh, David Styan, Benjamin Worthy, and Barbara Zollner.

International Relations: Paul Hirst’s work on globalization established Birkbeck’s reputation for path breaking research on international relations, which remains a major focus of its research. Current faculty working in this field include Antoine Bousquet, Matthijs van den Bos, Alex Colas, Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos, Ali Burak Güven, Dermot Hodson, Robert Singh and David Styan.

Political Theory: Political sociology and political theory are central to the Department. Bernard Crick’s study of political liberalism and Paul Hirst’s work on British Althusserianism and, later, Associative Democracy forged Birkbeck’s reputation as a focal point for political theory. Current faculty working in this field include Samantha Ashenden, Antoine Bousquet, and Jason Edwards.

Public Policy: Public policy has always been a focus of teaching and research at Birkbeck. Scholars include Samantha Ashenden, Sarah Childs, Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos, Dermot Hodson, Deborah Mabbett and Ben Worthy.

Geographical foci: Members of the Politics Department have expertise on a wide range of countries and regions, including the UK (Jason Edwards, Dermot Hodson, Eric KaufmannDeborah Mabbett, David Styan, and Ben Worthy), Egypt (Barbara Zollner), the European Union (Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos, Dermot Hodson and Deborah Mabbett), France (David Styan), Iran (Matthijs van den Bos), Indonesia and South-East Asia (Lisa Tilley), the Maghreb region (Alex Colas), the Middle East (Matthijs van den Bos, David Styan and Barbara Zollner), Tajikistan (Matthijs van den Bos), Turkey (Ali Burak Güven) and the United States (Robert Singh).