Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe
Associate Professor in the Women, Society and Development Program at the College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)
Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe is an associate professor in the Women, Society and Development Program at the College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). Dr. Richter-Devroe’s broad research interests are in the fields of everyday politics and women's activism in Palestine and the Middle East.
More specifically, Dr. Richter-Devroe is interested in gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution, resistance and migration (with a focus on Palestinian and Syrian refugees), Palestinian women, Palestinian cultural production, women’s oral histories, and settler colonialism and indigeneity. Dr. Richter-Devroe’s research is based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Greece.
Dr. Richter-Devroe is the author of “Women's Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival" (University of Illinois Press, 2018), which won the National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. The book analyzes Palestinian women’s creative and often informal everyday forms of political activism after the Oslo Accords.
Dr. Richter-Devroe also conducted research on the oral histories, memories and narratives of women from the often forgotten Palestinian Naqab Bedouin population, and has worked on a joint research on Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank.
More recently, Dr. Richter-Devroe has led a research project on Syrian refugees in Italy and Greece. The project investigates the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the family and family-making practices in a transnational context.
Dr. Richter-Devroe holds a PhD in Middle East politics from the University of Exeter, UK.