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Dr Stella Morgana

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Politics


Personal Statement

Dr Stella Morgana is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research interests include hegemonic and counter-hegemonic discourses, political and economic participation, the politics of technology & digital, as well as labour and inequalities in the Middle East.

Her research project is titled “The gig economy of Iran: humans versus their means of production.” Please see more in the section Research.
Listen to her podcast interview Researcher in Focus: University of Liverpool's Tales from the Square and read more about her research here

At the University of Liverpool dr Morgana is co-convenor of the following courses "Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa" and "International Politics of the Middle East". She has also co-taught in "International Relations" and "International Relations Theories."

She is Co-chair of the Research Staff Association (RSA) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool, and member of the UoL Concordat Steering group to support career development for researchers. She is in the organising board of the HLC Middle East and North Africa MENA Network. She is also part of the British Academy Early Career Researchers network (BA ECRN), and she actively contributes to the activities of the Women@Liverpool network made by and for women academics.

Read more about Stella Morgana's views on:
- "Decolonising knowledge production and fieldwork in Iran"

- "Research culture as a collective practice: how writing retreats build a sense of community"

Before joining the University of Liverpool in 2022, Dr Morgana was a lecturer in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2020-2022). At the University of Amsterdam, she designed and taught the following BA and MA courses: "The Politics of Labour and Inequality in the Middle East”, “Climate Change and Environmental Politics in the Middle East,” “Decolonial Practices: challenging race, coloniality and class.” She coordinated and taught "International Relations of the Middle East" and “The Middle East after the Arab Spring: Transitional Justice.” She contributed to the lectures and seminars of the course: "Middle East: History, Politics and Economics."

In 2019 and 2021, she held research and teaching positions at Leiden University (Labour in the Middle East-South Asia and History of Contemporary Iran). She was also a visiting doctoral scholar at SOAS University of London (2020) and Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran (2018).

She received her PhD from Leiden University with a dissertation on the role of workers in Iran between the 1979 revolution and the 2009 Green Movement, after conducting extensive field and archival research in Iran. She completed an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University, a BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” and two post-graduate diplomas from the University of Rome.

Stella organised the following events at the University of Liverpool:

- 2023: "The Gig Economy and Platform Workers in the Middle East and North Africa - workshop"

- 2024: "The Politics of Precarity and Insecure Work: Insights from the Global North and Global South - workshop (co-organised with dr. James Hickson)"

- 2024: "How to publish your research - Lunch & Learn event"

- 2024: "Spaces of difference: art and agency in the Middle East - HLC MENA Network Workshop"