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    Dr Teije Hidde Donker

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in Sociology

    Human Social and Political Science (HSPS)


    Degrees and Honours

    European University Institute, October 2013. PhD in Political and Social Sciences. Defended on 17 October 2013.

    University of Amsterdam, October 2008. Msc Conflict Resolution and Governance (Political Science), Cum Laude.

    Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, August 2006. Bsc. Development Studies.

    Research Interests

    My academic interests fall at the intersection of Middle East area studies, political sociology and sociology of religion. In my latest research I apply a (Bourdieu inspired) relational field approach to explore Islamists mobilization strategies in Tunisia, Syria and Turkey. Using a combination of quantitative field analysis (specifically Multiple Correspondence Analysis of original survey data) and an extensive ethnography among Islamist activists, I analyse how the specific position of activists in socio-religious fields influences the range of possible strategies in their mobilization efforts.


    I am political sociologist working on mobilized religion in Muslim majority countries. Having grown up in Zevenaar, the Netherlands, I completed my bachelors in Nijmegen (2006), masters in Amsterdam (2008) and Phd at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2013). I subsequently held a three-year postdoc at the Department of Comparative Politics of the University of Bergen, Norway (2014-2017). During these years, I also learned Arabic in Damascus, Cairo and Tunis and was a visiting researcher at Princeton University in New Jersey, USA. From October 2013 until August 2014 I resided in Istanbul to learn Turkish. I currently hold a three year lecturer position at the department of Sociology.

    For all those wondering... “Teije” is pronounced as “tire” without the last “r” sound. And my first name is Teije Hidde, my surname is Donker. I am Dutch, the first name is Frysian.


    Della Porta, D.; Donker, T.H.; Poljarevic, E.; Ritter, D. (2017) Social Movements and Civil War: When protests for democratization fail, Routledge.

    Donker, T.H., Netterstrom, K.L. (2017) The Tunisian Revolution and the Governance of Religion, Middle East Critique, vol. 26, no. 2.

    Donker, T.H. (2013) Reemerging Islamism in Tunisia: Repositioning Religion in Politics and Society. Mediterranean Politics, vol. 18, no. 2: 207–224.

    Donker, T.H. (2013) Islamic Social Movements and the Syrian Authoritarian Regime: Shifting Patterns of Control and Accommodation. In: Heydemann, S. and Leenders, R. (eds.) Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran. Stanford University press. pp. 107-124.

    Donker, T.H. (2010) Enduring Ambiguity: Sunni Community-Syrian Regime Dynamics. Mediterranean Politics, vol. 15, no. 3: 435–452.