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Aurora Sottimano


Dr. M.A. Sottimano
+31 71 527 3978

Aurora Sottimano is a Lecturer at LIAS, a Visiting Researcher at the Centre of International Studies (ISCTE-IUL) Lisbon, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Syrian Studies, St Andrews University (UK). She holds a PhD degree in Politics from SOAS, University of London.She has been a Lecturer at the British University in Egypt, a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Orient Institut Beirut, and a Researcher at Amsterdam University/HIVOS. Her publications include “Building Authoritarian ‘Legitimacy’: Domestic Compliance and International Standing of Bashar al-Asad’s Syria” in Global Discourse 6/3, 2016.

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The politics, regional and international relations of the Middle East (focus on Syria), authoritarian governance, the political economy of development and liberalisation, the construction of legitimacy and consent, the politics of migration and refugees; new wars and war economic systems, labour mobilisation.

Grants and awards

Sottimano has been awarded grants and fellowships by the Orient Institut (Beirut), the British Academy (UK), APSA (USA), Erasmus (EU), as well as the Syrian and Iraqi Ministries of Education. 


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.16a


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