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Dr Samantha Cooke


Samantha joined Liverpool John Moores University as a Lecturer in International Relations and International Politics in September 2019. Before joining the JMU team, Samantha was a Teaching Fellow in International Security at the University of Warwick (2017-2019) and a Teaching Fellow in International Relations at the University of Surrey.

Samantha's research engages with secularism, gender equality and the Middle East North Africa region. She completed her doctoral research on the effects of secularism on gender equality in Egyptian and Iranian family law in the early twentieth century, at the University of Surrey. Before this, Samantha read for an MSc Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and for a BA(Hons) Politics at the University of Surrey.

Alongside her PhD, Samantha successfully completed the Department of Higher Education's Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, the research component of which was published in Education and Information Technologies. Since then, Samantha successfully applied to become Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Moreover, Samantha won the Butterworth Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence at Warwick in 2019, and this has resulted in her being able to undertake a learning and teaching project exploring identities in the classroom.

Samantha is currently developing two new lines of inquiry. The first explores the effects of childhood experiences of gender equality advocates on later life decisions to become politically active in Egypt, Iran and Iraq. The second examines the relationship between secularism and the decolonisation process in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

Samantha is also qualified as a mental health first aider.


University of Surrey, United Kingdom, PhD
SOAS, United Kingdom, MSc
University of Surrey, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)

Academic appointments

Lecturer in International Relations and International Politics, History and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Teaching Fellow in International Security, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, 2017 - 2019
Teaching Fellow in International Relations, Department of Politics, University of Surrey, 2015 - 2017

Postgraduate training

Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, United Kingdom, University of Surrey, ? - present


Journal article

Cooke S. 2019. Power, secularism and divorce: women’s rights in Egypt and Iran National Identities, :1-19 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cooke S. Book review Women's Studies International Forum, 74 :226-226 DOI

Cooke S. Social teaching: Student perspectives on the inclusion of social media in higher education Education and Information Technologies, 22 :255-269 DOI


Cooke S, Breen-Smyth M. 2015. A Critical Approach: violence, ‘victims’ and ‘innocents’ Terrorism and Political Violence Sage Publications Limited 9781446272817