Dr Anne Irfan

Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration

Anne Irfan is Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre. She holds a Dual Master’s Degree from Columbia University and the LSE and a PhD from the LSE, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on the historical role of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Palestinian refugee camps. She previously taught at the University of Sussex and the LSE, and is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Anne’s research interests include global refugee history, UNRWA and Palestinian refugees, forced migration in the Middle East, the spatiality of refugee camps, and archival suppression. She is currently Co-Investigator on the British Academy-funded research project Borders, global governance and the refugee, examining the historical origins of the global refugee regime. In recent years, she has spoken at the UK Parliament in Westminster, and the UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva about the functions of the UNRWA regime and the exclusions facing Palestinian refugees from Syria.

Anne’s work has been published in Journal of Refugee Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly and Forced Migration Review, as well as media outlets The Washington Post and The Conversation. Her article ‘Is Jerusalem international or Palestinian? Rethinking UNGA Resolution 181’ was named co-winner of the 2017 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Best Essay on Jerusalem. She is currently working on a book about UNRWA’s institutional history.

In the media
18 November, 2020
Anne Irfan wins Alixa Naff Article Prize for paper on Palestinian refugee education
20 August, 2020
Anne Irfan wins Contemporary Levant's Best Paper Award for 2020
23 April, 2020
New article by Anne Irfan explores relationship between PLO and UNRWA
12 May, 2020
COVID-19 in the Palestinian refugee camps. Anne Irfan writes on Palestinian refugee communities' particular vulnerabilities to Covid-19 as a result of 72 years of displacement and overlapping crises and rights violations
26 Nov, 2019
'US no longer thinks Israeli settlements are illegal – this is a green light for more Palestinian displacement'. Anne Irfan writes for The Conversation
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