Staff profile - Benjamin Isakhan

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Dr Benjamin Isakhan

Position: Senior Research Fellow
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
Campus: Building D, Room 2.05, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443934 +61 3 92443934
Email: benjamin.isakhan@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Benjamin Isakhan is Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization and the Convenor of the Australian Middle East Research Forum, Deakin University. Previously, Ben has been Research Fellow with the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and Research Fellow and Lecturer for the Griffith Islamic Research Unit, part of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Australia. Dr Isakhan has also been Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Middle East Studies and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at the University of Newcastle (UK). Dr Isakhan is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse (Ashgate, 2012). Ben is also the editor of The Secret History of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 [2011]), The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East (Melbourne University Press, 2012) and The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh University Press & Columbia University Press, 2012). Ben’s current research includes the ARC-funded project ‘Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq’ (DE120100315) which involves several field trips to Iraq.


Biography summary

Dr Benjamin Isakhan is Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization and the Convenor of the Australian Middle East Research Forum, Deakin University. 


Affiliations

Middle East Studies Association (US)
The American Academic Research Intitute 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

Global Change, Peace and Security (international peer-reviewed journal)
Journal of Democratic Theory (international peer-reviewed journal)

Awards

Awards and prizes

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. $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. $6000.


Research

Research projects

In 2011, Dr Isakhan was awarded a highly prestigious Research Fellowship as part of the Australian Research Councils Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Scheme. This project, starting in 2012, is entitled ‘Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq’ (DE120100315) and seeks to investigate the complex inter-relationship that exists between the destruction of cultural heritage and sharp upsurges in terror and violence.


Research interests

Democracy in Iraq
Middle East Studies
Orientalism and the media
The history of democracy
Middle Eastern politics and history
The cultural heritage of the Middle East


Research grants

Isakhan, B. (2011). Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq. Australian Research Council. Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Chief Investigator: Deakin University. $375,000.

Isakhan, B. (2011). Measuring Heritage Destruction and Spikes of Violence in Iraq. Deakin University Central Research Grant Scheme. Chief Investigator: Deakin University. $22,000.


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=isakhbe


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