Biography

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Salahaddin University in 1987 and completed my first Master’s Degree in Sociology at Baghdad University in 1990. My second Master’s Degree M.Sc. has been in Politics and Sociology from London University in 1998, and I obtained my Ph.D. in Political Sociology at Exeter University, England in 2009. Having studied in four different Universities across the globe in the cities of Erbil, Baghdad, London and Exeter, I have developed key skills in teaching and managing. I have been lecturing in the Department of Sociology at Salahaddin University since 1991. In 2007 - 2008, I was teaching at the Political Sciences department. I have been teaching at the Social Work Department since its establishment in 2008. I’m an assistant professor in political sociology. My research is methodologically diverse, theoretically grounded, and empirically driven. I employ qualitative and quantitative research methods that engage with theories and debates in Kurdish nationalism, ethnicity, national identity, and the state-society relations in Iraq. My interests include the sociology of nationalism, historical sociology, and social & political theories.  Much of my work is inherently interdisciplinary, cutting across research in sociology, politics, and anthropology. My research interest is in the history of social and political thought. I am particularly interested in the work of Max Weber on politics and religion and Emile Durkheim’s study on religion as a social phenomenon. I have been teaching various subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the departments of sociology, media studies, and political sciences in public and private universities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Recently, I’m teaching Modern Kurdish History at The American University of Kurdistan, AUK – Duhok. I have been supervising many Master's and Ph.D. students in the field of sociology and gender studies. I was an external examiner at many universities in Kurdistan, Baghdad, and Mosul.

 

Education:

2004 - 2009  Ph.D. in Political Sociology, University of Exeter, England..

1997 - 1999 M.Sc. in Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London, England. 

1996 - 1997 Pitman’s Qualification, (ESOL), Waltham Forest College, London, England 

1988 - 1990 M.A. in Sociology, College of Arts, University of Baghdad, Iraq.

1982 - 1987 B.A. in Sociology,  College of Arts, University of Salahaddin, Erbil, Iraq.

Employment History and Work Experience

July 2011 - date Deputy Director-General of Scholarships and Cultural Relations at the ministry of higher education and scientific research and a lecturer at Salahaddin University. College of Arts, Social Work Department.

May 2011 Director of Cultural Relations at the ministry of higher education and scientific research, Erbil, Kurdistan. and a lecturer at Salahaddin University, College of Arts, Social Work Department.

August 2010 - May 2011 President of SABIS University - Hawler. An International Private English-based teaching University.

May 2010 - August 2010 Director of Scholarships at the ministry of higher education and scientific research in Hawler. Lecturer at the Department of Sociology- Kurdistan University - Hawler. Supervised four Master's dissertations in Sociology at KUH. 

August 2009 - May 2010 Director of the Academic Relations, University of Salahaddin, Hawler and a Lecturer of Sociology at both Departments of Social Work and Sociology, College of Arts, Salahaddin University. 

2007 - 2009 Director of the Academic Relations and Lecturer at the College of Law & Political Sciences, University of Salahaddin, Hawler.

2006 - 2007 Assistant Researcher, University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Stocker Road, School of Humanities and Social Science, Exeter, EX4 4ND, England, UK.

1999 – 2006 Translator and Interpreter of Arabic, Kurdish to English and vice versa at London Borough of Waltham Forest, 707 Forest Road, London, E17 4JB.

1995 - 1999 Treasure for Kurdish Information and Advocacy Centre, and Kurdish Teacher at Halabja Community School - Kurdish Information and Advocacy Centre Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London, N19 3RQ.

1993 - 1995 Freelance Journalist and Interpreter of Political Issues in the Middle East for Asharq al-Awsat Newspaper, Arab Press House, 184 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7AP.

1990 - 1993 Lecturer in Sociology and Director of Higher Education at College of Arts, University of Salahaddin.