About — Inanna Hamati-Ataya
My research lies at the intersection(s) of world politics, global/world history, social theory, natural and historical epistemology, and the anthropology, history, and sociology of knowledge, science, and technology. My book Recovering Knowledge, currently in preparation, develops a naturalist and evolutionary theory of knowledge from a classical anthropological perspective informed by advances in both the social and biological sciences. My new project, ARTEFACT, takes agricultural revolutions as case-studies of global socio-epistemic co-evolution, and I have therefore recently developed a special interest in the history of world agriculture(s), as well as agronomy and plant (epi)genetics.
I am currently Principal Research Associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. I was previously Reader in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK (2013-2018), Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield (2011-2013), and Assistant Professor of Political and International Theory at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon (2007-2011), where I also served as Head of the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration.
I hold a BA, MA, and PhD (Doctorat) in Political Science from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), where I completed my doctoral thesis in October 2006 under the supervision of Professor Michel Dobry.
With Arlene B. Tickner and David L. Blaney, I am co-editor of the Routledge book series Worlding Beyond the West, which is the only series specifically dedicated to exploring issues of knowledge-production and -diffusion as they pertain to international and world politics as well as to the academic discipline of International Relations itself. I am also Advisory Editor for Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and a member of the Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective (SERRC).