Politics Faculty

Yasmeen Daifallah
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Phone
    5103798922
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Faculty Office Annex, 151
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 HIGH STREET
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Biography, Education and Training

My areas of expertise are Arab and Islamic political thought, postcolonial theory, comparative political theory, critical theory, and Middle East politics. 

I earned my Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley in December 2012. 

I am interested in studying how the various constitutent parts of our lives orient us towards politics. These include our social and economic condition, our georgraphical location, and our gender, racial, sexual, ethnic, and religious affinities. I am, however, particularly interested in the formative influences that the various cultural traditions that we are raised in, and the intellectual, literary, and aesthetic trends that circulate in our time have on our dispositions towards collective life, well-being, and decision-making. 

Teaching Interests

Modern Arab political thought; Classical and modern Islamic political and legal thought; postcolonial theory; Women's interpretations of the Islamic tradition; Middle East politics, culture, and society.