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Academic staff involved in Critical Global Politics include:

Andreja Zevnik

Andreja's research is inspired by psychoanalytic, continental philosophy and aesthetic politics and focuses on the formation of political subjectivity and political realities in acts of resistance. Her ongoing project examines how the experience of anxiety alters political participation, produces different political/resisting subjectivities and shapes new political realities.

In particular Andreja is interested in the varied struggled associated with the civil rights movement in the US and the BlackLivesMatter campaign. She recently published a monograph Lacan, Deleuze and World Politics: re-thinking the ontology of the political subject (Routledge 2016) and co-edited Jacques Lacan Between Psychoanalysis and Politics (Routledge 2015), Lacan and Deleuze: a disjunctive synthesis (Edinburgh University Press 2016).

Aoileann ni Mhurchu

Aoileann has been a Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester since September 2012. She is the author of Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).

Her main research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, critical citizenship studies and contemporary political thought (in particular postcolonial/decolonial, poststructural and psychoanalytical thought); it explores how we can use contemporary political thought to rethink understandings of sovereignty and subjectivity in the context of increased global migration, in particular drawing out the importance of ideas of ‘ambiguity’.

Her current research project explores intergenerational migrant experiences, aesthetics and everyday forms of atypical political voice linked to vernacular music and language.

Carl Death

Carl is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics whose work focuses on the politics of environment and development in Africa, with a particular interest in critical approaches to power and resistance. He is joint editor of African Affairs, and has published books including Governing Sustainable Development (Routledge, 2010), Critical Environmental Politics [ed.] (Routledge, 2014), and The Green State in Africa (Yale University Press, 2016).

He has published articles on Foucault, resistance and counter-conduct in Social Movement Studies, Globalizations, Review of International Studies, and Global Society.

Cristina Masters

Cristina's research focus is on the production of gendered subjectivity through practices of war and violence. More specifically she is interested in three modes of technology - technology of the self, technologies of war, and visual technologies - to think through how gender is produced in war.

Publications include Cyborg Soldiers and Militarised Masculinities, Femina Sacra and the War on Terror, and Cristina's recent work has turned to aesthetics and affect in war films to explore the relationship between gender and torture in American imaginaries through Zero Dark Thirty and the gendered politics of empathy in post-9/11 war films.

Elena Barabantseva

Elena's research interests lie at the intersection of borders, intimacy, and citizenship in the context of globalizing China. She is currently researching the experiences and governing practices of marriage migration as part of a multi-country research team seeking to understand how immigration is changing the People’s Republic of China. 

In her work Elena draws on a diverse body of scholarship, notably political geography, anthropology, cultural theory, feminist studies, and experiment with various research approaches, including archival, genealogical, ethnographic, and audio-visual methods.

Jamie Johnson

Jamie is a Lecturer in International Politics and Human Rights. His research interests include liberal war, the role of education in conflict and post-conflict societies, the ethics of violence, and the war on terror. His current research projects include an exploration of the role of wartime scandals in offering a privileged insight into the character and reproduction of everyday ethical vernaculars. He is also interested in processes of militarisation within the UK context.

Laura McLeod

Laura has research expertise in gender, feminism and security in post-conflict contexts, in particular ex-Yugoslavia. Her current research, funded by the British Academy, asks about how ‘gender knowledge’ is produced and accumulated within international institutions concerned with post-conflict contexts. Laura is Conversations editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. 

Maja Zehfuss

Maja works on the politics of how we produce and (fail to) grasp the international world.  Most of her research has engaged with the problem of war and in particular with how ethics is made in and through war. 

Maja's work also engages with the politics of memory, vulnerability, knowledge claims and the implications of poststructural thought.

Martin Coward

Martin works at the intersection of International Political Theory and Security Studies and is particularly concerned with questions of war, violence, (in)security, identity, and community. To date his research has focused on the conceptual understanding of (in)security and organised violence in an urban context, particularly the ‘urbanisation of security’, attacks on critical infrastructure and urbicide.

Martin's current research addresses the political and ethical entailments of network thinking, particularly insofar as it legitimates various forms of violence. His work is informed by post-structuralist international theory and continental philosophy (especially the work of Martin Heidegger, Jean-Luc Nancy and William Connolly).

Martin is editor-in-chief (with Kyle Grayson) of Politics.

Oliver Richmond

Peter Lawler

Sandra Pogodda

Shogo Suzuki

Shogo is a specialist in the international politics of East Asia. He has published articles on International Relations theory with reference to East Asia, Japanese and Chinese foreign policy, Sino-Japanese relations, and the politics of war memories.

He is a member of the Editorial Board for International Peacekeeping, and has also held fellowships at several leading universities in China, Japan and Taiwan.

Veronique Pin-Fat