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Associate Professor of Politics and Policy, Deakin University

Benjamin Isakhan is Associate Professor of Politics and Policy Studies and Director of the Middle East Studies Forum in the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia.

Ben is also Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and an Associate of the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Ben is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse (Ashgate, 2012) and the editor of 6 books including, most recently, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State' (Edinburgh University Press & Oxford University Press, 2016 [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) and a grant from the Australian Department of Defence for the project 'Measuring Cultural Property Destruction in Iraq and Syria' (AUD$637,656; 2015-2017).

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.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Politics and Policy, Deakin University