Dr Una McGahern
Lecturer in Politics
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40-42 Great North Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7 RU
I have been a Lecturer in Politics at Newcastle since September 2013. As a political ethnographer I am interested in local intersections of power, security and space in deeply divided societies. My research is interdisciplinary in nature and engages a range of methods to document hidden histories of violence as well as new and alternative spaces of contention in Israel-Palestine. I am particularly interested in examining the material effects of urban and interurban transport infrastructures in shaping ethnically-differentiated patterns of mobility, mobilisation and policing in northern Israel (primarily in the Nazareth, Haifa and Wadi Ara regions) and Jerusalem.
- DPhil in Government and International Affairs (Durham University)
- MA in Research Methods of the Middle East (Durham University)
- BA in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (Dublin City University)
Past, current and future projects
My doctoral research was co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Sir Peter Ustinov Prejudice Fund. Examining state attitudes towards Palestinian Christians in Israel, it focused in particular on police responses to instances of intra-communal violence in Nazareth and other mixed Arab villages in the Galilee. This research was subsequently published with Mediterannean Politics (2010) and resulted in my first book with Routledge (2011).
This research paved the way for a two year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship examining protest policing in Israel. Examining intersections between protest, policing and place in Israel, this research has been published with International Political Sociology (2016), Security Dialogue (2016) and Political Geography (2017).
In terms of my current research, I am working on two new projects. The first examines spatial strategies of surmounting fear in protest, while the other examines relationships between mobility, gender and space.
Alongside these ongoing research interests, I remain committed to ethnographic research methods and methodologies as a means of incorporating politics on the margins more fully into mainstream scholarship.
Areas of potential research supervision:
- Contentious politics, social movements, mobilisation and protest (especially in Israel and the Middle East)
- Ethnopolitics and ethnic minorities
- Political geographies of power
- Ethnographic research methods
Arnab Ray Chaudhuri
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship
Sir Peter Ustinov Prejudice Scholarship
Economic and Social Research Council (1+3) Studentship
Council for British Research in the Levant Award
POL2012: Politics of the Middle East
POL3099: Power, Security and Protest in the Middle East
Teaching Awards2015: Higher Education Academy Fellowship Award
- McGahern U. Palestinian Christians in Israel: State attitudes towards non-Muslims in a Jewish State. Oxon: Routledge, 2011.
- McGahern U. The limits of dissent: Palestinian media in a Jewish ethnocracy. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research 2011, 4(1), 79-93.
- McGahern U. Multicultural norms and strategies: Minority policy in an ethnocratic state. Mediterranean Politics 2010, 15(3), 415-433.
- McGahern U. Protesting at the crossroads: Framing ‘in-between places’ in spatial analyses of contention. Political Geography 2017, 59, 92-102.
- McGahern U. Spatial Regimes of Power: Combined Municipal Policing in the Arab City of Nazareth. International Political Sociology 2016, 10(3), 206-222.
- McGahern U. 'They go to get a gun': Hidden histories of violence and the politics of rumour in Israel. Security Dialogue 2016, 47(6), 481-497.