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Joomi Lee

MSc, University of Oxford, U.K.

Doctoral Candidate
Joomi Lee



I was trained as a geographer at Oxford and am currently pursuing doctoral research at UT Austin. My research focuses on large-scale urban renewal projects in the Arab world, especially in the context of Morocco’s unique monarchy-centered politics. My scholarly interests, however, include more general themes such as global urbanism in Arab states, Islamic urbanism in North African madinas, and French colonial history in the Islamic world. Initially trained as a sociologist in South Korea, I have a longstanding interest in the politico-historical process of (Japanese) colonization, de-colonization, modernization and democratization, while in my current research I am focused on the Maghreb (French North Africa) region. I have travelled extensively in the Middle East, including Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and worked in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. As an Israeli Government Scholarhip recipient, I will be based in Israel starting in October 2013 (through May 2014). 




Post-colonial urban planning in the Maghreb; Islamic urbanism and Muslim cities; French colonial urbanism; politics of the modern Middle East and Arab monarchies
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