Dr. Idir Ouahes obtained his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Exeter in 2016. Previously, he studied at Exeter (MRes Middle East Studies) and at London’s School of Oriental And African Studies (BA History). He is bilingual in English and French, and researches in Spanish, Arabic and Italian.
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Exeter, he taught undergraduates in the politics and history departments. He was also invited to be guest lecturer at the university’s Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (IAIS) on the topics of Transjordan and on Europe's post-First World War Middle East mandates. He was nominated for Best Postgraduate Teaching Assistant award by the Exeter Student's Union (June 2016).
Dr. Ouahes is now working on his thesis-to-book manuscript, to be published in mid-2018 by I.B. Tauris as: “Syria and Lebanon at the Outset of the French Mandate: Workings of Cultural Imperialism”. Dr. Ouahes has published, or is in the process of publishing several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries.
Among these are: “Agricultural Experimentation in French Mandate Syria”, in Ulrike Kirchberger & Brett Bennett, eds., Ecological Networks in Colonial Contexts, c. 1850-1920, (Durham NC: University of North Carolina Press, Forthcoming 2017); “Situating the Syrian State: Education & Citizenship 1914-2014” in. Nicole Stokes DuPass & Ramona Fruja, (eds.), Citizenship, Identity & Nation- States in the 21st Century, (New York: Palgrave, 2016); Catholic Missionary Education in early French Mandate Syria & Lebanon’, in. Social Sciences and Missions, 30, 3-4, (2017); Une ceinture d'espace étatique : le contrôle des bédouins au début du Mandat Francais en Syrie’, L'Éspace Politique, 28, (2015), as well as “ Libya”, in. Kryn Freehling-Burton (ed.), Women's Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia Vol.1, (Africa and the Middle East), (Santa Barbara, CA: Sage, Forthcoming, 2017)
He has participated in a plethora of international conferences and is the holder of a multitude of prestigious awards, including the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Democracy’s Travel Award (June 2016); the Royal Historical Society’s Conference Grant (May 2016); the Society for the Study of French History’s Conference Grant (April 2016); the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ Divine Travel Grant (April 2016); the Society for the Study of French History’s Conference Travel Grant (May 2015), among others.
He is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Authority, and has been a member of the: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, American Historical Association, Middle East Studies Association of America, Society for the Study of French History, Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Royal Historical Society, French Colonial History Society.