Lebenslauf Dr. Sophia Hoffmann


2008 - 12      PhD at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London
Topic: ‘Disciplining Movement: Sovereignty in the Context of Iraqi Migration to Syria’
Supervisors: Prof. Laleh Khalili and Prof. Charles Tripp

Received the 2012 award for best doctoral thesis of the Syrian Studies Association.

2003 - 04      MSc (Merit) International Relations, London School of Economics
1999 - 02      BA (1st Class) International Relations with Development Studies, University of Sussex
1998              Abitur, Oldenburg, Germany

Academic Employment

Since 2014  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Bremen
2011-13       Teaching Fellow, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, Geneva

Courses taught/developed

2011             Humanitarian Action and Armed Conflict
2011             From Emergency to Development
2011             Iraqi Migration in the Middle East: A Case Study


2012  "The Humanitarian Regime of Sovereignty: INGOs and Iraqi Migration to Syria.” Refuge 28.1, Spring 2012. (peer reviewed)

2012  Book review: Kern, K. 2011. Imperial Citizen: Marriage and Citizenship in the Ottoman Frontier Provinces of Iraq. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, Review of Middle Eastern Studies,46 (2).
2012  Book review: Graeber, D. 2011. Debt The first 5000 Years. London: Melville House,
Polyvocia, SOAS Journal of Graduate Research No 4.
2010  “Sovereignty in the Lives of Iraqis in Damascus”, Research Report, CBRL Bulletin 5.1.
2007  al-Khalidi, A, Hoffmann, S. and Victor Tanner. Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Field-Based Snapshot, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, DC: Brookings Institution

Forthcoming Publications (accepted for print)

2014  Book chapter: Humanitarian sovereignty: The management of refugees as nation-state politics. In Humanitarianism, Inc, ed. Antonio de Lauri. London: IB Tauris.
2014  Book review: Al-Ali N. and Al-Najjar, D. 2012 We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Syracuse: SUP. Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 47 (2).
2015 Wen schützen Flüchtlingslager? "Care and Control" im jordanischen Lager Azraq. Peripherie Schwerpunktheft Dis-placement. (peer-reviewed).

Works in Progress

Manuscript: Iraqi Migrants in Syria: Everyday Performances of Sovereignty.
Article, co-authored with Dr. Katherine Natanel:
The construction and function of the body politic in Syria and Israel.

Conferences and Invited Lectures

2015 Invited workshop participant to HanseWissenschaftsKolleg Delmenhorst, Title of Workshop "Political Anthropology of Internationalized Politics", Title of Paper "Researching Migration in the Middle East: The Rewards of Ethnography and its Limits".
2015 Invited workshop participant to University of Hamburg, Workshop Title "Critical Perspectives on Mobility in Times of Crisis"
2015 Invited speaker to University of Milan, Lecture title "International humanitarian aid and the state in the Middle East".
2013  Invited speaker to workshop “Refugees and states in the modern Middle East: current challenges and historical perspectives” at the Overseas Development Institute, London.
2011  Middle East Studies Association (MESA),
Annual Conference November 2011.Paper “UNHCR in Syria”, panel sponsored by Syrian Studies Association.
2011 DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association), Annual Congress October 2011.
Co-organised panel “Perspectives on practices of authoritarian governance in Syria”.
2011 BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), Annual Conference, May 2011.
Paper “The humanitarian regime of sovereignty: UNHCR in Syria”.
2010 Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Invited as speaker on
course “Migration: Between Conflict and Development”.
2010  Nachwuchstagung Sektion Internationale Politik, Deutsche Vereinigung für
Politische Wissenschaft. Paper: „Souveränität im Alltag irakischer Flüchtlinge in Syrien“.
2010  World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies, July 2010. Paper: “Citizenship in Syria”.
2009  SOAS’ Research Student Conference “Critical Perspective on Regions”. Member of
organising committee, paper: “No Region is an Island: What Migration can tell us about State Power”.
2009 Roundtable by German Foreign Ministry and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. Invited to
write and present report: “Migration and Security: The Iraqi Refugees in Syria and Damascus”.


2012  Award for best doctoral thesis by the Syrian Studies Association. (USD 100)
2011  Student Travel Grant, Middle East Studies Association. Awarded by MESA to support PhD students to attend the association’s annual conference. (USD 250)
2010  Ouseley Memorial Scholarship. Annual award by SOAS for a thesis requiring the use of any Middle Eastern or Asian language. (GBP 6000)
2009  Junior Visiting Research Fellowship from the Council for British Research on the Levant. (GBP 2550)
2009  Central Research Fund Grant from University of London to support field research in Syria. (GBP 900)
2003  London School of Economics Graduate Merit Award from the LSE to outstanding applicants to one of their Master’s programmes (GBP 500)
2002  Val McNaughton Memorial Prize from University of Sussex for academic achievement in International Relations (highest grade average of all graduating students in 2002).

Editorial Activities

Ad hoc Reviewer: Mediterranean Politics

Ad hoc Reviewer: Springer Publishing

Other Employment

2009 - 11  Freelance consultant on Middle East related issues.Various agencies.
2007-09  Associate consultant. Project management of due diligence research and corporate risk. Control Risks Group, London.
2008 - 09  Researcher. Global Witness, London.
2006  Forecasting analyst for Syria and Lebanon. Exclusive Analysis Ltd., London.
2005 - 06  Freelance journalist on Syrian affairs. Syria Today Magazine and IRIN news service.
2004 - 05  Reporter /Trainee. Emerging Markets Newspaper, Euromoney, London


Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Syria Studies Association (SSA), International Studies Association (ISA), Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO), Deutsche Vereinigung für Soziologie: Sektion Politische Soziologie.