Dr. Leon T. Goldsmith

Title:Assistant Professor
Room #:2054
Ext. #:2909


Fields of Interest:

Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Identity Politics, Syrian Politics, Gulf and Oman Politics, Political Risk, Research Methods, Teaching Innovation.


PhD. University of Otago, New Zealand (2012)
BA. Hons. (1st Class), Political Studies and Human Geography, University of Otago (2007)
Leon Goldsmith specialises in Middle East comparative politics, identity politics and political risk. He is an expert on Levant politics and has specialised in Syrian sub-national identity politics since 2007. His current research interests are in social integration and institutional structures in the Levant and Gulf regions from an identity politics perspective. He teaches undergraduate and masters courses in political science and comparative politics. Prior to arriving at Sultan Qaboos University he lectured in politics at the University of Otago and Massey University in New Zealand.

Selected Publications:

  • Cycle of Fear: Syria’s Alawites in War and Peace (London: Hurst, 2015). ISBN-13: 978-1849044684
  • ‘Structure, Perception and Agency in the Syrian Security Dilemma,’ in R. Hinnebusch & O. Imady (eds.) The Syrian Uprising Domestic Factors and Early Trajectory (Oxon: Routledge, 2018). ISBN 9781138500501
  • The Costs of Minority Rule in P. Rowe (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Middle East Minorities (Oxon: Routledge, 2018). ISBN 9781317233794
  • ‘Immunising against Sectarian Sickness: The Case of Oman,’ Middle East Institute, Washington DC, Nov. 12, 2015.
  • ‘Oman: A Consultative Democracy?’ The Maghreb and Orient Courier, Brussels, Issue 31, Jan. 2017.