BA, MA, MSC, PhD
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 Principal 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 the Journal of Palestine Studies, 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 and Palestinian refugee assistance.
Whose agency? UNRWA and Palestinian refugees in history
Anne Irfan, (2020), UNRWA at 70: Palestinian Refugees in Context, 21 - 29
An Unusual Revolution: The Palestinian thawra in Lebanon, c. 1969-82
Anne Irfan, (2020), Durham Middle East Paper No. 103
Palestine at the UN: the PLO and UNRWA in the 1970s
Anne Irfan, (2020), Journal of Palestine Studies, 49(2), 26 - 47
Educating Palestinian refugees: The origins of UNRWA’s unique schooling system
Anne Irfan, (2019), Journal of Refugee Studies