AsPr Benjamin Isakhan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Politics and Policy

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Benjamin Isakhan is Associate Professor of Politics and Policy Studies and Member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia.

Ben is also Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and an Associate of the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Ben is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse (Routledge, 2012 HB, 2016 PB) and the editor of 6 books including, most recently, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State' (Edinburgh University Press & Oxford University Press, 2015 HB, 2016 PB).

Ben has also published many articles in esteemed international journals and given keynote lectures and refereed conference papers across Iraq, Lebanon, the UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

Ben has also won various awards and national competitive grants, including an Australian Research Council (DECRA) grant for the project 'Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq' (AUD$399,639; 2012-15) and a grant from the Australian Department of Defence for the project 'Measuring Cultural Property Destruction in Iraq and Syria' (AUD$637,656; 2015-2017). Ben is currently Chief Investigator on the project 'Heritage Destruction in Iraq and Syria'.

In 2012 Ben was awarded the 'Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher' and in 2009 Ben won the La Trobe University 'Postdoctoral Research Proposal Award'.

Ben has taught underdratuate and post-graduate courses on the International Relations, History and Politics of the Middle East, Islamic Studies and Political Science. He supervises several PhD students, is a member of various professional and academic associations and is regulalrly interviewed for radio, print and television.

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Career highlights

Adjunct and Visiting Research Fellowships:

2016: Visiting Research Scholar, Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project, Universitu of Oxford (UK).

2015 - : Associate, Sydney Democracy Network, University of Sydney, Australia.

2014 - 2017: Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

2014 - 2015: Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK).

2013: Visiting Research Fellow, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University (UK).

2012: Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (US).

Research interests

  • Middle East Politics and History
  • Heritage Destruction across the Middle East
  • The History of Democracy
  • Iraqi Politics and History
  • Political Science
  • Heritage Studies

Affiliations

Middle East Studies Association (US)
The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (US and Iraq)
The International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (UK)
The Middle East Institute (US)
The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (UK)
Australasian Political Science Association (APSA)

Professional activities

Editorial Committee

Journal of Democratic Theory (international peer-reviewed journal)

Awards

Isakhan, B. (2012). Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher. University wide award competition for best ECR contribution to research. Chief Investigator: Deakin University. AUD$5000.

Isakhan, B. (2009). La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Proposal Award. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (for Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship submission). Chief Investigator: La Trobe University. AUD$6000.

Projects

Heritage Destruction in Iraq and Syria

Associate Professor Isakhan is the Chief Investigator on a major project documenting Heritage Destruction in Iraq and Syria. This two part project sets out to measure and interpret the heritage destruction which has occurred in Iraq and Syria, following the Iraq War of 2003 and particualrly since the rise of the 'Isalmic State' from 2014.

Publications

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2015

Creating the Iraq cultural property destruction database: calculating a heritage destruction index

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 1-21, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

The Assyrians

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 40-49, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy: from pre-history to future possibilities, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 407-417, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy: from pre-history to future possibilities, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Doing democracy in difficult times: oil unions and the Maliki Government

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 125-137, The legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the `Islamic State¿, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Conclusion : The Iraq legacies and the roots of the ‘Islamic State’

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 223-235, The legacy of Iraq: from the 2003 War to the `Islamic State¿, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Shattering the Shia: a Maliki political strategy in post-Saddam Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 67-81, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the `Islamic State¿, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

The De-Baathification of post-2003 Iraq: purging the past for political power

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 21-35, The legacy of Iraq: from the 2003 War to the `Islamic State¿, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Introduction : The Iraq legacies: intervention, occupation, withdrawal and beyond

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 1-18, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the `Islamic State¿, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

The complex and contested history of democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 1-26, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy: from pre-history to future possibilities, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Succeeding and seceding in Iraq: the case for a Shiite State

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 139-152, Territorial separatism in global politics: causes, outcomes and resolution, London, Eng., B1

chapter

Democracy: critiquing a Eurocentric history

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2015), pp. 1-14, APSA 2015 : Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra, A.C.T., E1

conference
2014

Protests and public power in post-Saddam Iraq : the case of the Iraqi federation of oil union

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2014), pp. 117-128, Informal power in the greater Middle East : hidden geographies, Abingdon, England, B1

chapter

Crisis and democracy in the twenty-first century

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, Dr Steven Slaughter

(2014), pp. 1-22, Democracy and Crisis: Democratizing Governance in the Twenty-First Century, London, England, B1

chapter

Democratising governance after the Arab Revolutions: the people, the Muslim Brotherhood and the governance networks of Egypt

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2014), pp. 149-165, Democracy and Crisis: Democratizing Governance in the Twenty-First Century, London, England, B1

chapter

The future of democratic governance

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, Dr Steven Slaughter

(2014), pp. 253-263, Democracy and Crisis: Democratizing Governance in the Twenty-First Century, London, England, B1

chapter

The politics of Australia's withdrawal from Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 647-661, Australian journal of political science, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2013

Heritage destruction and spikes in violence: the case of Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2013), pp. 219-247, Cultural heritage in the crosshairs: protecting cultural property during conflict, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

Despots or democrats?: Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2013), pp. 171-192, Islam, Islamist movements and democracy in the Middle East: challenges, opportunities and responses, Delhi, India, B1

chapter

Islam and democracy in Australia

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2013), pp. 45-53, Education integration challenges: the case of Australian muslims, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter
2012

Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), Burlington, Vt., A1

book

Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 407-417, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

The Assyrians

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 40-49, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Oil unions and democracy in post-Saddam Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 718-735, APSA 2012 : The Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Hobart, Tas., E1

conference

Conclusion : the promises and challenges of the Arab revolutions

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 153-159, The Arab revolutions in context : civil society and democracy in a changing Middle East, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter

Introduction : The complex and contested history of democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 1-26, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Introduction : people power and the Arab revolutions : towards a new conceptual framework of democracy in the Middle East

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 1-20, The Arab revolutions in context : civil society and democracy in a changing Middle East, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter

Introduction : Democracy in Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 1-13, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

Islam and democracy in Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 57-80, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

Discourses of democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 15-36, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

Occupation and democracy in re-colonial Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 119-143, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

Conclusion : Democracy in Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 145-152, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

Discourses of democracy in colonial Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 81-95, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

Oppression and resistance in post-colonial Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 97-118, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, Farnham, England, B1-1

chapter

The streets of Iraq: protests and democracy after Saddam

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 191-203, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

chapter

What is so ‘primitive’ about ‘primitive democracy’? Comparing the ancient Middle East and classical Athens

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 19-34, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

chapter

Introduction : democracy and history

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, A/Prof Stephen Stockwell

(2012), pp. 1-16, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

chapter

Conclusion : democratising the history of democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, A/Prof Stephen Stockwell

(2012), pp. 219-224, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

chapter

Democracy in ancient Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 37-56, Democracy in Iraq : history, politics, discourse, London, Eng., B1-1

chapter

Prelude: in the beginning

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. ix-x, Democracy in Iraq, Surrey, Eng., B1-1

chapter
2011

Towards understanding what Australia’s Muslims really think

Halim Rane, Mahmood Nathie, A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, Mohamad Abdalla

(2011), Vol. 47, pp. 123-143, Journal of sociology, London, England, C1-1

journal

What is so 'primitive' about 'primitive democracy'? Comparing the ancient Middle East and classical Athens

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2011), pp. 19-34, The secret history of democracy, Houndmill, England, B1-1

chapter

The streets of Iraq : protests and democracy after Saddam

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2011), pp. 191-203, The secret history of democracy, Houndmills, England, B1-1

chapter

Targeting the symbolic dimension of Baathist Iraq : cultural destruction, historical memory, and national identity

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 257-281, Middle East journal of culture and communication, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Introduction : democracy and history

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, A/Prof Stephen Stockwell

(2011), pp. 1-16, The secret history of democracy, Houndmills, England, B1-1

chapter

Conclusion : democratising the history of democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, A/Prof Stephen Stockwell

(2011), pp. 219-224, The secret history of democracy, Houndmills, England, B1-1

chapter
2010

Despots or democrats? : Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2010), pp. -, APSA 2010 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference : Connected globe : conflicting worlds, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference

Orientalism and the Australian news media : origins and questions

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2010), pp. 3-25, Islam and the Australian news media, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter
2009

Targeting the cultural history of Iraq : implications for national identity and democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2009), pp. -, ISCH 2009 : Cultures of violence and conflict : Proceedings of the 2009 International Society for Cultural History Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

The streets of Iraq : protests, the public sphere and democracy

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2009), pp. 1-18, APSA 2009 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association annual conference 2009, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference

The early Australian press and the Middle Eastern 'other'

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2009), pp. 730-746, ANZCA 2009 : Proceedings of the 2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference : Communication, creativity and global citizenship, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

Manufacturing consent in Iraq : interference in the post-Saddam media sector

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 7-25, International journal of contemporary Iraqi studies, Bristol, England, C1-1

journal
2008

Mediated hegemony : interference in the post-Saddam Iraqi media sector

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2008), pp. 1-19, APSA 2008 : Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

Oriental despotism and the democratisation of Iraq in The Australian

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2008), Vol. 16, pp. 1-17, Transformations, Bundaberg, QLD., C1-1

journal

Democracy building in post-Saddam Iraq : 'historical memory' and 'primitive democracy'

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2008), pp. 1-18, OCIS 2008 : Proceedings of the Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

The post-Saddam Iraqi media : reporting the democratic developments of 2005

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2008), Vol. 7, pp. 1-25, Global media journal, Hammond, Ind., C1-1

journal

The post-Saddam Iraqi media : the public sphere and democratisation

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2008), pp. 1-14, Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2007

The role of the press in Iraq's long struggle for democratic reform

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2007), pp. 1-33, OURMedia - NUESTROSMedios VI 2007 : Sustainable futures, roles and challenges for community, alternative and citizens's media in the 21st century : Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference

Media discourse and Iraq's democratisation : reporting the 2005 constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2007), Vol. 29, pp. 97-114, Australian journalism review, Kelvin Grove, Qld., C1-1

journal

Engaging "primitive democracy" : mideast roots of collective governance

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 97-117, Middle East policy, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal
2006

Re-thinking Middle Eastern democracy : lessons from ancient Mesopotamia

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-16, APSA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Political Studies Association conference, Newcastle, N.S.W., E1-1

conference

Constitution making in post-Saddam Iraq : Reporting the Drafting and Ratification of the Iraqi Constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-31, JEA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Journalism Education Association conference, Auckland, NZ, E1-1

conference

Read all about it : the free press, the public sphere and democracy in Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2006), Vol. 8, pp. 119-153, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Amman, Jordan, C1-1

journal

Iraq's December 2005 election : reporting democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-14, ANZCA 2006 : Empowerment, creativity and innovation : Challenging media and communication in the 21st century, Adelaide, S.Aust, E1-1

conference

Engaging Mesopotamia's 'primitive democracy' : re-thinking the democratisation of the Middle East

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-21, WOCMES-2 2006 : Proceedings of the Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies conference, Amman, Jordan, Amman, Jordan, E1-1

conference

creativity.com : Aladdin's cave or pandora's box?

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, Mr Jason Nelson, Dr Patrick West

(2006), Vol. 9, pp. 1-1, M/C : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal
2005

Reporting Iraq's cosmopolitan society in the Australian print media : The case of the Assyrian church bombings

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2005), pp. 1-16, Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference, Brisbane, July 6-8 2005, Griffith University : conference papers, Nathan, Qld., E1-1

conference

From despotism to democracy : reporting Iraq's January 2005 election in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2005), pp. 1-22, JEA 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005 Journalism Education Association conference, Griffith, Qld., E1-1

conference

Re-ordering Iraq : minorities and the media in times of disorder

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

(2005), Vol. 7, pp. 1-1, M/C : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

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