Research and Public Impact

Andrew has previously written on issues of state formation in Lebanon, using a Tilly-esque approach to understand the Lebanese Civil War as conductive to the state formation process; how civil war dynamics in Lebanon are reproduced due to general amnesty and power sharing agreements; how religion has been racialized from the nineteenth century to today; and how sexuality has been, and continues to be, used to measure global civilizational engagement. His current and developing project questions how the use of sexual violence by state forces during periods of internal crisis impacts citizenship, national belonging, and statehood. Andrew’s forthcoming book examines the state making process in Lebanon and Syria from the nineteenth century to 1943. The book argues that the modern state has been, and is, consistently deployed as a standard of civilization.

Andrew has experience talking to and consulting with governments and private enterprise on peace building, gender, conflict, and identity in the Middle East and North Africa.


Civilization and the Making of the State in Lebanon and Syria‘, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Sexuality as a Standard of Civilization: Historicizing (Homo)Colonial Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class‘ in International Studies Quarterly, 64.1, 2020.

The Lebanese Civil War and Post-Conflict Power Sharing: Continuation of Conflict Dynamics in Post-Conflict Environments‘ in The British Journal of Middle East Studies,2019.

Racializing Religion: Constructing Colonial Identities in the Syrian Provinces in the Nineteenth Century‘ in International Studies Review, 21.4, 2019.

War and State Formation in Lebanon: Can Tilly be applied to the developing world?’ in Third World Quarterly, 32.2, 2016.

Public Forums:

The State in North Africa: After the Arab Uprisings, by Luis Martinez‘ Times Higher Education, May 21, 2020.

Gender and Diversity in the IR Curriculum: Why Should We Care?’ The Disorder of Things, April 20, 2017.

Re-orienting Western Notions of the State: From the Ottoman Empire to the Present’ LSE Middle East Centre Blog, March 10, 2017.

Distortions by Andrew Delatolla’ PoL ArT Blog, September 20, 2016.

Book Review: Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East’ on LSE Middle East Centre Blog, Nov. 11, 2016.

Book Review: Saudi Arabia in Transition’ on LSE Middle East Centre Blog, Aug. 06, 2015.

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