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Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

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Dr Ross Porter



BA (SOAS), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)
My current research is a study of revolutionary ethics in contemporary Yemen, exploring the relationship between freedom, value and radical discontinuity in the formation of revolutionary identities.  I am also working on an ethnographic monograph which will chronicle the last several years of revolution and counter-revolution in Yemen.

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  • Porter R. (2025) Concept and Critique: Essays for a Political Anthropology of Yemen, Syracuse University Press.


  • Porter R, Al-Eriani K. (2022) Resisting Closure: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of Revolution in Yemen.





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Modules taught

  • ARA2134 - Ethnography of the Middle East
  • ARA3045 - War, Violence and Revolution in the Modern Middle East

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I received my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2015.  My thesis, “Being Change in Change Square: An ethnography of revolutionary life in Yemen”, was the product of long-term fieldwork at the heart of the revolutionary movement in Sana’a.  After completing my PhD, I held a brief Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University and a Research Fellowship at the University of Zurich.

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