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Hagar Kotef

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Theory and Comparative Politics, SOAS, University of London

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2009–2012)

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Hagar Kotef is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought at SOAS, University of London. Her research interests are Political Theory, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Liberalism and its Critics, and Israel/Palestine. Her book Movement and the Ordering of Freedom (Duke University Press, 2015) examines the roles of mobility and immobility in the history of political thought and the structuring of political spaces: from the writings of Locke, Hobbes, and Mill to the sophisticated technologies of control that circumscribe the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank. Currently, she works on the construction of political belonging in settler colonies, for a book tentatively titled The Settler Self (Or: Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine). Her work was published in various journals, including Political Theory, Antipode, Theory Culture and Society, Politics & Gender, and Signs, as well as in a number of edited volumes.

Before joining SOAS she held positions and fellowships at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University, the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, Columbia University, and the University of CA, Berkeley.