Biography

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree (B.A.), in sociology at Salahaddin University in 1987, and completed my first Master’s Degree (M.A.), in urban sociology at Baghdad University in 1990. My second Master’s Degree (M.Sc.), has been in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College - the University of London 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 - 2009, I was teaching at the political sciences department for all levels; Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels. 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 and theories of gender. 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 sociology, media studies, and political sciences departments in public and private universities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Since January 2021, I’m teaching Modern Kurdish History at The American University of Kurdistan, AUK – Duhok on part-time bases. I have been supervising many Master's in the University of Kurdistan – Hawler,  and Ph.D. students in the field of sociology, political sciences and gender studies. I was an internal and external examiner at many universities in Kurdistan, Baghdad, and Mosul. Since October 2011, I have been working as a Deputy General Director of Scholarships and Cultural Relations at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Erbil.