Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Dr Noah Bassil

MHPIR - Noah BassilSenior Lecturer

Location: Building W6A Room 426
Tel: 9850 8811
Fax: 9850 6064

Academic Qualifications:
PhD, Macquarie University, 2010: Thesis: "The Crisis of the African Post-Colonial State and the Conflict in Darfur"
BA (Hons), UNSW, 2002, Thesis: "Constructing and Deconstructing the Dark Continent: Colonial Representations of Africa"

Noah Bassil is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and continues to hold a position with the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies at Macquarie University. Noah's interests include global political economy, colonialism and post-colonialism, and the political economy of uneven north-south relations. Noah has published on a range of topics associated with colonialism and post-colonialism and most recently published a book titled "The Crisis of the Sudanese Postcolonial State" which re-examines the origins of the conflict in Darfur by contextualizing events in Sudan within broader regional and international patterns of politics, economics and culture. Noah is currently researching into the global, regional and national power relations that have emerged following the Arab uprisings. 

Noah is also the Director of the MRes program for the Faculty of Arts.

Main Publications:

Scholarly books

Bassil, N.R. (2013) The Crisis of the Post-Colonial Sudanese State: Origins of the Conflict in Darfur, London: I.B. Tauris and Co.

Scholarly book chapters

  • Bassil, N.R. (2014: in press) 'Beyond the Arab Spring: Hegemony, passive revolution and imperialism in the Arab Middle East' in Clark, B, Ghafar, A and Moritz, J, The Contemporary Middle East: Revolution or Reform, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Bassil, N.R. (2014: in press) 'The Political Strategy of Tribalism in Darfur' in Luca Aneschi and Gennaro Gervasio (eds.), Hidden Geographies: Informal Power in the Greater Middle East, Milton Park: Routledge.
  • Bassil, N. (2010) 'The Regional Consequences of the Iraq War' in Lynda-Ann Blanchard and Leah Chan (eds.) Ending War, Building Peace, Sydney: Sydney University Press, pp. 65-84.
  • Bassil, N. (2010) 'Colonial Constructions of Race in Sudan' in Joseph Pugliese, Relational Dis/locations: Mediterranean Cultures in Translocal and Transnational Contexts, Brussels: Peter Lang Publishers, 2010, pp. 85-104.     

Refereed journal articles

  • Bassil N.R. (2006) 'A Brief History of the Keira Sultanate of Dar Fur, Western Sudan,' Journal of North African Studies, 11 (4), pp. 347-64.
  • Bassil, N.R. (2011) 'The Roots of Afropessimism: The British Invention of the Dark Continent', Critical Arts: A Journal South-North Cultural Studies (special edition Afropessimism) editors, Louw, E. and Boulou de B'beri, 25 (3), pp. 377-97.

Refereed conference publications

  • Bassil, N. and Lawson, S. (2011) 'Area Studies in a Postcolonial Age: The Case of Melanesia', Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Biennial Conference, December 8-9, University of the South Pacific, Apia, Samoa.

Other publications

  • Bassil, Noah R, (2014: in press) 'Review Article: Severity and Longevity of Civil Wars reconsidered'  Peace Review.
  • 'Political Transformations in Northern Africa 1900-1945' in ABC-Clio Encyclopaedia of World History, 2009.
  • Bassil, N. (2012) 'The Middle East and North Africa in Revolt', Australian Options, 68, pp. 27-30.
  • Bassil, N. (2011) 'Australia in Afghanistan: from US partners to partnering Afghanistan, Australian Options, 66, pp.3-9.
  • Bassil, N. (2010) 'Opinion: The 2010 Sudanese Elections', The Australasian Review of African Studies, 31 (1) June, 2010, pp. 138-140.
  • Bassil, N. (2010) 'Israel: International Rogue?' AQ: Journal of Contemporary Australian Studies, Vol. 81, (1).   


Current Units
Semester One (from 2013):

POL108 Introduction to Global Politics

Semester Two

IRPG849 International Political Economy
POL303 Global Political Economy


2012, Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: Macquarie University.
2011, Award for Teaching Excellence: Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.
2007, Higher Degree Research Award: Division of Humanities, Macquarie University.

HDR Supervisions:

Govand Azeez, 'The West and Middle East Revolutions: Colonial Discourse and neoorientalism in the "Arab Spring"' (PhD).
Courtney Hercus, 'The Contradictions of Global Governance from a Historical materialist perspective' (PhD).
Carla Nolan, 'The Influence of the "Arab Spring" on Australian Arabs'.
Matt Wainscott. 'Egyptian Capitalists and the Revolution of 2011'

Membership of Professional Organisations

African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific
Australian Political Studies Association.
Middle East Studies Association

Public Appearances

Noah has commented in the media (2BL, Sky News, Community radio, etc) on international relations of the Middle East and North Africa, in particular on the conflict in Darfur, Sudanese politics and the international relations pertaining to the conflict in Darfur. Since January 2011, Noah speaks each week on 3CR radio program "Solidarity Radio". Noah has appeared at numerous public events including Politics in the Pub and the Australian Human Rights Arts Festival.