Inanna Hamati-Ataya is Principal Research Associate and Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded projects ARTEFACT (2017-2023) and NOAH (2022-2023), and founding director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos).

Dr Hamati-Ataya’s research lies at the intersection(s) of global politics, deep history, social theory, natural and historical epistemology, and the anthropology, history, and sociology of knowledge, science, and technology. Her on-going project ARTEFACT (The Global as Artefact) aims to develop a novel understanding and theorisation of ‘the global’ by examining the constitution and transformation of global political structures from the anthropological perspective of humankind’s epistemic development. Taking as a case-study the emergence and diffusion of four major global agricultural revolutions from the Neolithic to the contemporary era, the project examines the patterns and pathways of socio-epistemic co-constitution and co-evolution that underscore the formation and transformation of increasingly inclusive world systems since human ‘pre-history’. With her forthcoming project NOAH (A New Noah’s Ark), Dr Hamati-Ataya is taking some insights from ARTEFACT to proof of concept. Focusing on the effects of climate change on agricultural production across Europe, NOAH will develop a novel model of technology transfer to secure the preservation of ancestral agricultural knowledges across regions variously affected by anthropogenic climate change.

Dr Hamati-Ataya is the founding editor of the book series Global Epistemics at Rowman & Littlefield, and co-editor, with Arlene B Tickner and David L Blaney, of the Routledge book series Worlding Beyond the West. She sits on the editorial boards of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Social Epistemology, the Journal for the History of Knowledge, and the Journal of International Relations and Development, and is a member of the Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective (SERRC), and the Advisory Boards of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) and the Duisburg Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

In the past years she has served as chair of the International Political Sociology section of the International Studies Association, as trustee of the British International Studies Association, and as member of the European International Studies Association’s Governing Council.

Prior to joining CRASSH, Dr Hamati-Ataya was a Marie Curie Fellow under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2013-17), Reader in International Politics at Aberystwyth University (2013-18), Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield (2011-13), and Assistant Professor of Political and International Theory at the American University of Beirut (2007-11), where she also served as Head of the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration. She holds a BA, MA, and PhD (Doctorat) in Political Science from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she completed her doctoral thesis in October 2006.

Selected publications

Monographs and edited volumes

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. Forthcoming 2022. ‘Epistemic Demarcations as Social Erasures: Taste and the Politics of Distinction from the “Revolutions of Wisdom” to the “Green Revolution.”’ BJHS Themes; special issue on “Taste in the History of Science,” edited by Marieke Hendriksen and Alexander Wragge-Morley.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2021. ‘Global discipline, global thought, global culture: Of category-errors and the hubris of scholastic agency’, International Politics Reviews 9: 296-300.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2020. ‘Reflexivity and International Relations’, Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, ed. Patrick James. Oxford University Press.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2019[2012]. ‘Behavioralism’ [revised version]. Oxford Reference in International Studies, ed. Renée Marlin-Bennett. Oxford University Press.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2018. ‘The “Vocation” Redux: A Post-Weberian Perspective from the Sociology of Knowledge’, Current Sociology, 66(7): 995-1012.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2018. The Sociology of Knowledge as Post-Philosophical Epistemology: Out of IR’s ‘Socially Constructed’ Idealism International Studies Review, 20(1): 3-29.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2016. IR, the University, and the (Re)Production of Order: Between Perversions of Agency and Duties of Subversion, in ‘Sites of Knowledge (Re)production: Towards an Institutional Sociology of International Relations Scholarship’, ed. Félix Grenier and Jonas Hagmann, International Studies Review 18( 2): 366-378.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2014. ‘Outline for a Reflexive Epistemology’, Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, 42(4): 46-66.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2014. Transcending Objectivism, Subjectivism, and the Knowledge In-Between: The Subject in/of “Strong Reflexivity”, Review of International Studies, 40(1): 153-175.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2013. Reflectivity, Reflexivity, Reflexivism: IR’s “Reflexive Turn” – and Beyond, European Journal of International Relations 19(4): 669-694.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2012. IR Theory as International Practice/Agency: A Clinical-Cynical Bourdieusian Perspective, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 40(3): 625-646.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2012. Beyond (Post)Positivism: The Missed Promises of Systemic Pragmatism, International Studies Quarterly, 56(2): 291-305.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2011. Contemporary “Dissidence” in American International Relations: The New Structure of Anti-Mainstream Scholarship?, International Studies Perspectives, 12(4): 362-398.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2011. The “Problem of Values” and International Relations Scholarship: From Applied Reflexivity to Reflexivism, International Studies Review, 13(2): 259-287.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2010. Knowing and Judging in International Relations Theory: Realism and the Reflexive Challenge, Review of International Studies 36(4): 1079-1101.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2010. Paths Not Taken: A Retrospective Systemic Reading of Post-Soviet International Alternatives, International Journal on World Peace, 27(3): 7-30.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2009. Faits et Valeurs en Théorie des Relations Internationales: Neutralité Axiologique, Science et Réflexivité, Dynamiques Internationales, 1(1): 1-19.

Chapters in edited volumes

  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. Forthcoming 2023. ‘The Knowledge That Bears No Truth: On the Politics of Ignored Erasures’, in Berit Bliesemann de Guevara et al. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Knowledge and Expertise in International Politics. Oxford University Press.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. Forthcoming 2023. ‘When Space Became Global: Palaeolithic Navigation and the Making of Cosmopolitan Connectivity’, in Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Inanna Hamati-Ataya, and Nicholas Gäckle (eds.) Navigation, Connectivity and the Crafting of Global Spaces. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. Forthcoming 2022. ‘Preface: Thickening International Theory or Shrinking the Shagreen Skin?’, in A Layug and John M Hobson (eds) Globalizing International Theory: The Problem with Western IR Theory and How to Overcome It. Routledge.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2018. ‘Crafting the Reflexive Gaze: Knowledge of Knowledge in the Social Worlds of International Relations’, in The Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations, ed. Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf (London: SAGE), pp. 13-30.
  • Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf. 2018. ‘The Struggle for the Soul of International Relations: Fragments of a Collective Journey’, The Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations, ed. Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf (London: SAGE), pp. 3-12.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2016. ‘IR Theory and the Question of Science’, in International Relations Theory Today (Second Edition)ed. Ken Booth and Toni Erskine (Cambridge: Polity Press), pp. 69-84.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Stephen Norrie. 2015. ‘From Social Epistemology to Reflexive Sociology’, in The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision (Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society) ed. James Collier (London: Rowman & Littlefield International), pp. 39-53.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2014. ‘Introduction: The Unknown Kaplan: Synoptic Knowledge After Postmodernism’ in Transcending Postmodernism, by Morton A Kaplan, with Inanna Hamati-Ataya (London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-40.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2013. ‘Worlding Beyond the Self? IR, the Subject, and the Cartesian Anxiety’, in Claiming the International, ed. Arlene B. Tickner and David L. Blaney (New York: Routledge), pp. 27-44.

Encyclopedia entries

Book reviews

  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2018. ‘Bourdieu-in-the-Making: On the State and the Craft of Reflexive Sociology.’ Review of Pierre Bourdieu, ‘On the State: Lectures at the Collège de France 1989-1992′ in European Political Science 27(2): 296-303.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2012. ‘Neorealism Reconsidered: Human Nature or State Behavior?’. Review of Robert Schuett, ‘Political Realism, Freud, and Human Nature in International Relations: The Resurrection of the Realist Man’, and ‘History and Neorealism’, ed. Ernest R May, Richard Rosecrance and Zara Steiner, in International Studies Review 14(2): 303-307.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 2006. Review of Michael C Williams, The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 34(2): 587-88.

Selected blog posts and popular writing

  • Domestication on a Molecular Level – How Cultivated Meat Could Affect Our Relationship to Food’, interview with Lisa Neidhardt, Varsity, 21 January 2022.
  • Before Social Epistemology: On the Limited Efficacy of “The Scandal”‘ Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective (SERRC) — Collective Vision (2014).
  • Defining Theory Down Duck of Minerva & European Journal of International Relations (2013).


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