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Heba Taha


Dr. H.H.M. Taha
+31 71 527 3947

My research interests include political economy, development, as well as peace, conflict, and insecurity. I specialize in the Middle East and North Africa. I am currently a Lecturer in International Relations at the Faculty of Humanities and the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of Leiden University. Before joining Leiden, I held postdoctoral fellowships at SciencesPo and at the American University of Beirut. I completed a DPhil (2017) at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

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Fields of interest

My research lies at the intersection of economy and militarism in the Middle East. My doctoral work explores the making of Palestinians as subjects of Israeli capitalism. I focus on practices of economic development and securitization in everyday encounters and non-conventional sites of contestation, such as shopping centers and high-tech firms.

More recently, I am also working on an intellectual history of nuclear technology in the Middle East. This includes analyzing fictional sources, such as Arabic science fiction, and socio-cultural imaginaries of utopic and dystopic futures.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 118b



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