Inanna Hamati-Ataya


Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya is Principal Research Associate and Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ARTEFACT as of March 2018, and founding director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), since September 2017.

Dr Hamati-Ataya’s research lies at the intersection(s) of world politics, global/world history, social theory, natural and historical epistemology, and the anthropology, history, and sociology of knowledge, science, and technology. Her ongoing project 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.'

Dr Hamati-Ataya is the founding editor of the book series Global Epistemics at Rowman & Littlefield International, 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, and the Journal for the History of Knowledge, and is a member of the Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective (SERRC), and the Advisory Board of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK).

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, 'Reflexivity and International Relations', Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, ed. Patrick James. Oxford University Press, 2020.

  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Behavioralism' [revised version]. Oxford Reference in International Studies, ed. Renée Marlin-Bennett. Oxford University Press, 2019 [2012]. 

  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'The "Vocation" Redux: A Post-Weberian Perspective from the Sociology of Knowledge', Current Sociology, 66, 7 (2018): pp. 995-1012. 
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'The Sociology of Knowledge as Post-Philosophical Epistemology: Out of IR's 'Socially Constructed' Idealism' International Studies Review, 20, 1 (2018 [previously 2017]): pp. 3-29. 
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, '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 (2016): pp. 366-378. 
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Outline for a Reflexive Epistemology', Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, 42, 4 (2014): pp. 46-66.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Transcending Objectivism, Subjectivism, and the Knowledge In-Between: The Subject in/of “Strong Reflexivity”', Review of International Studies, 40, 1 (2014): pp. 153-175.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Reflectivity, Reflexivity, Reflexivism: IR’s “Reflexive Turn” – and Beyond', European Journal of International Relations 19, 4 (2013): pp. 669-694.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'IR Theory as International Practice/Agency: A Clinical-Cynical Bourdieusian Perspective', Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 40, 3 (2012): pp. 625-646.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Beyond (Post)Positivism: The Missed Promises of Systemic Pragmatism', International Studies Quarterly, 56, 2 (2012): pp. 291-305.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Contemporary “Dissidence” in American International Relations: The New Structure of Anti-Mainstream Scholarship?', International Studies Perspectives, 12, 4 (2011): pp. 362-398. 
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'The “Problem of Values” and International Relations Scholarship: From Applied Reflexivity to Reflexivism', International Studies Review, 13, 2 (2011): pp. 259-287.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Knowing and Judging in International Relations Theory: Realism and the Reflexive Challenge', Review of International Studies 36, 4 (2010): pp. 1079-1101. 
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Paths Not Taken: A Retrospective Systemic Reading of Post-Soviet International Alternatives', International Journal on World Peace, 27, 3 (2010): pp. 7-30.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Faits et Valeurs en Théorie des Relations Internationales: Neutralité Axiologique, Science et Réflexivité', Dynamiques Internationales, 1, 1 (2009): pp. 1-19.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Encyclopedia Entries

Book Reviews

  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, '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 (2018): pp. 296-303.
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, '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 (2012): pp. 303-307. 
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 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 (2006): pp. 587-88.

Selected Blogposts and Popular Writing

  • '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). 

Principal Research Associate / ERC Principal Investigator


March 2018 - Present


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