Dr Samantha Cooke

Research Interests

Samantha'a research examines gender equality and family law within the Middle East North Africa region. Her doctoral thesis focused on the impact of secularism on women's marital rights in Egypt and Iran, 1920-1939. This was achieved through analyses of legal documents and reports regarding changes to the system, and personal accounts of experiences. It highlighted the impact of differing power structures, such as colonialism, religion, and patriarchy on the establishment of, and changes to, these laws as well as some responses to them.


Autumn Semester

POL2030 Theorising International Relations

Spring Semester

POL1019 Contemporary International History (Undergraduate)

POL1025 Identity and Politics (Undergraduate)

POL2034 International Organisations (Undergraduate)

POLM012 Global Governance (Postgraduate)



Security Studies

Comparative Government and Politics

Debates in British Politics

Social Politics and Policy

Departmental Duties

In addition to her role as Teaching Fellow, Samantha is the International Officer. This makes her the main point of contact for students who are considering, or are on, a study exchange for their placement year .


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

British International Studies Association (BISA)

Terrorism and Political Violence Association (TAPVA)

Political Studies Association (PSA)

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 9197

Find me on campus
Room: 19 AC 05

My office hours

Mondays 11-12 and Thursday 11-1


Journal articles

  • Cooke SA. (2017) 'Social teaching: Student perspectives on the inclusion of social media in higher education'. Education and Information Technologies, 22 (1), pp. 255-269.

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