Staff profile - Benjamin Isakhan

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Dr Benjamin Isakhan

Position: Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443934 +61 3 92443934
Email: benjamin.isakhan@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Benjamin Isakhan is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies, and Convenor of the Middle East Studies Forum at Deakin University, Australia. Ben is also Adjunct Senior Research Associate in the Department of Politics, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ben is the author of "Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse" (Ashgate, 2012) and the editor of six books including, most recently, "The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'" (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). 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). 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.


Career highlights

Professional Appointments

2015 - : Senior Lecturer, Politics and Policy Studies, Scool of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

2012 - : Convenor, The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF), Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

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

2012 - 2015: Senior Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

2011 - 2012: Centre Research Fellow, Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

2010 - 2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Dialogue, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

2009 - 2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University.

2005 - 2009: Research Associate and Lecturer, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Education and Law, Griffith University.

 

Visiting Research Fellowships:

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).


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)

Personal website

https://deakin.academia.edu/BenjaminIsakhan

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 (2012-2015) 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. It involves several field trips to Iraq.


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
     


Research grants

Isakhan, B. (2012-2015). Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq. Australian Research Council. Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Chief Investigator: Deakin University. $399,639.

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 groups

Middle East Studies Forum: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/centre-for-citizenship-and-globalisation/research/research-networks/mesf


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/27444/Dr-Benjamin-Isakhan


Publications

Publications

Select Key Publications:

Recent Books

  • Isakhan, B. (2012). Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse. London: Ashgate.

 

Recent Edited Books

  • Isakhan, B. (Ed.). (2015). The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Isakhan, B., & Slaughter, S. (Eds.). (2014). Democracy and Crisis: Democratising Governance in the Twenty-First Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Isakhan, B., Mansouri, F. & Akbarzadeh, S. (Eds.). The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Isakhan, B., & Stockwell, S. (2015 [2012]). The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Isakhan, B., & Stockwell, S. (2012 [2011]). The Secret History of Democracy. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Translated into Arabic and Japanese) 

 

Recent Journal Articles

  • Isakhan, B. (2015). Creating the Iraqi Cultural Property Destruction Database: Calculating a Heritage Destruction Index. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 21(1), 1-21.
  • Isakhan, B. (2014). The Politics of Australia's Withdrawal from Iraq. Australian Journal of Political Science, 29(4), 647-661.
  • Isakhan, B. (2011). Targeting the Symbolic Dimesnion of Baathist Iraq: Cultural Destruction, Historical Memory and National Identity. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 4(3), 255-279.
  • Rane, H., Nathie, M., Isakhan, B., & Abdalla, M. (2011) Towards Understanding What Australia's Muslims Really Think. Journal of Sociology, 47(2), 123-143.

 

Recent Book Chapters

  • Isakhan, B. (2015). Heritage Under Fire: Lessons from Iraq for Cultural Property Protection. In Logan, W., Craith, M. N. & Kockel, U. (Eds.) Companion to Heritage Studies. London: Blackwell.
  • Isakhan, B. (2015). Succeeding and Seceding in Iraq: The Case for a Shiite State. In Kingsbury, D., & Laoutides, C. (Eds.) Territorial Separatism in Global Politics: Causes, Outcomes and Resolution. London: Routledge.
  • Isakhan, B. (2014). Protests and Public Power in Post-Saddam Iraq: The Case of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions. In Anceschi, L., Gervasio, G. & Teti, A. (Eds.) Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies (p. 117-128). London: Routledge.
  • Isakhan, B. (2014). Democratising Governnce after the Arab Revolutions: The People, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Governance Networks of Egypt. In Isakhan, B., & Slaughter, S. (Eds.) Democracy and Crisis: Democratising Governance in the Twenty-First Century (p. 149-165). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Isakhan, B. (2014). Heritage Destruction and Spikes in Violence: The Case of Iraq. In Ziedler, J. A. & Kila, J. D. (Eds.) Cultural Heritage in the Crosshairs: Protecting Cultural Property During Conflict (p. 221-249). Leiden: Brill.


Link to publications

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


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