Welcome to the personal website of Teije Hidde Donker. I am an academic that works at the intersections of political sociology, sociology of religion and Middle East area studies.
I analyze attempts to make religion political by relating it to notions of nationalism, class inequality and state authority. I compare the different ways in which activists do this in Tunisia and Syria. In other words, I analyze the political influence of religion not related to its internal content (as implied in much of contemporary scholarship on ‘islamism’) but to how people define the scope of its social and political relevance in a particular context. For more information about my research, please see the research section.
I completed my Msc at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), my Phd at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), held a three year postdoc position at the department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen (Norway) and a lecturer position at the department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge (UK). For more information, see my CV and publications.