Noah Bassil

Associate Professor, Associate Professor


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Noah’s intellectual work has always focused on the structural and systemic legacies of colonialism and neoliberal capitalism as the basis for understanding contemporary politics. Historical analysis is the foundation on which he explained the conflict in Darfur, Sudan that broke out in the early 2000s.  That interest in the Darfur conflict led to the publication of his PhD as a book titled The Postcolonial State and the Civil War in Sudan by I.B. Tauris as well as a number of other publications on Africa and the Middle East. 

In 2016, Noah was appointed Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research, partly, in recognition of the work he had done on the implementation of the Master of Research program from 2013-2015. His ongoing involvement in HDR as a supervisor of a number of completed MRes and PhD students, including cotutelle students, also placed him in a strong position to take on this role. As a result of both roles, Noah has sat on numerous University committees, working parties and has been involved in curriculum review and the formulation of University policy.  He also manages a team of six professional and one academic staff members. 

Noah has been actively involved with translating his research to the public domain. He regularly takes media interviews on issues related to his research with televised appearances on SkyNews, the ABC, SBS and Bloombergs as well as countless radio interviews since the early 2000s including a regular spot on 3CR’s Saturday morning program Solidarity Radiofrom 2013-2016. He has also appeared many times for community organisations and at other public forums including a regular at Sydney Politics in the Pub. He has also published for The ConversationAustralian Outlook, and Australian Quarterly. 

Noah’s current work continues to interrogate the legacies of colonialism and neoliberalism with a view to explaining contemporary forms of racism. This work utilises concepts of historic bloc and hegemony borrowed from Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci to explain how racism, amongst other forms of white male privilege, has become a strategic component for sustaining inequality in this period of late neoliberalism. 

Research student supervision

Current HDR Supervisions

Cameron Smith, 'The Political Economy of Racial Politics in Australia' (PhD)
Karim Pourhamzavi 'Comprehending the Rise of the Jihadist Movements in the Middle East through the Role of Competing Global Powers' (PhD). 



Govand Azeez, 2015 'Denying the Right to Resist" (PhD).
Courtney Hercus, 2016 'The Contradictions of Global Governance from a Historical materialist perspective' (PhD).
Carla Nolan, 2016 'The Influence of the "Arab Spring" on Australian Arabs' (PhD).

Marisa Della Gatta, 2018. 'The Role of Syria's Diaspora Communities in the Syrian Conflict (PhD)

Cameron Smith 2014 'Exclusion within, exclusion without: race and neoliberalism in an unequal Australia' (MRes) Awarded with a mark of 87 per cent

Mohammed Sulemana 'Ethno-tribal politics in Nigeria; colonial foundation, postcolonial reconstructions' (MRes) Awarded with a mark of 82 per cent

Community engagement


Public Engagement and Media

Noah Pub

Noah has commented in the media (2BL, Bloomberg, Asia News, Sky News Australia, Voice of America, SBS, ABC News24, 2SER) on a range of issues including Sudan, the Arab uprisings, Israel-Palestine, and most recently on the Islamic State. Some of these interviews and commentaries are available at the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies website at Since January 2011, Noah speaks each week on 3CR radio program "Solidarity Radio" on issues ranging from events in the Arab world to the politics of neoliberalism.  
Noah has appeared as an expert speaker at numerous public events including Politics in the Pub, Sydney, the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition and the Australian Human Rights Arts Festival.

In 2018, Noah presented at the Affinity lunchtime seminar series on the current conflict in Yemen. The video of this lecture can be viewed here


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