Daniel Neep

Daniel Neep
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Daniel Neep is Assistant Professor of Arab politics in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Prior to joining Georgetown, he was Lecturer (the UK equivalent of assistant professor) in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, Research Director (Syria) at the Council for British Research in the Levant, and Head of the Middle East & North Africa programme at the Royal United Services Institute, a respected London defence and foreign policy thinktank.

Areas of Expertise: Middle East politics, Syria, state formation, war, colonialism and empire, space, state theory, comparative-historical political science, historical sociology, international political sociology, qualitative and interpretive methods, philosophy of social science.

  • PhD (2009) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Politics
  • MA (2001) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Near & Middle Eastern Studies (Politics major)
  • BA (Hons) (1999) St John’s College, University of Oxford, Arabic and French



Occupying Syria under the French Mandate: Insurgency, Space, and State Formation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.


“War, State Formation, and Culture.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 45.4 (2013): 795-797.

“State, Space, and the Sources of Social Power: Reflections on Michael Mann and Henri Lefebvre” in InTrasformazione: Rivista di storia delle idee 2.1 (2013): 71-80.

“Dilemmas of Democratization in the Middle East: the Forward Strategy of Freedom’” in MIddle East Policy 11.3 (2004): 73-84.


“Policing the Desert: Coercion, Consent and Colonial Order in French Mandate Syria” in Prisons and Policing in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion . Ed. Laleh Khalili and Jillian Schwedler. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.


Encyclopaedia entries on ’Arab Nationalism’, ’Colonialism’, ’Coup d’état’, and ’Nationalism’ in Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (Princeton University Press, 2012).