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University of Sheffield (UK)
International Relations; War and Security Studies; Feminist, Queer and Decolonial theory and politics.
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About Me

Much of my research is concerned with the affective and material economies of contemporary war and associated practices of violence. I explore how racial-sexual norms, practices and identities shape the production of force in ‘the international’, and in turn, how war and associated racial-sexual security practices are productive of new gendered racial-sexual normativities, subjectivities and (larger) political and economic orders.

I am currently preparing a book manuscript exploring the post-9/11 US national security imaginary and associated transnational practices of war and violence. Tentatively entitled “Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism: Queer and Feminist Investments in Liberal War” the book examines the stubborn persistence of aggressively racial-sexual security practices in this era of “post-racial [and post-sexual] triumph” (Ho Sang & LaBennett 2012: 5). In conversation with recent debates in Native studies, Black studies and “the new queer studies” (Manalansan 2003), the book traces how post-9/11 US national security – including its targeting of Muslim/ified people and spaces – is inflected by and enabled through structures of settler colonialism and anti-Blackness.

I am 2017/2018 Chair and Program Chair of the ISA-LGBTQA Caucus.

I received a 2017-2018 Leverhulme Research Fellowship and am based as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto until June 2018.

Recent Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:

“Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism. Lawfare, torture and the racial-sexual grammars of legitimate suffering.” Security Dialogue, 45:1, February, 2014, pp. 43-62.

“Empire, Desire and Violence: A Queer Transnational Feminist Reading of the Prisoner ‘Abuse’ in Abu Ghraib and the Question of ‘Gender Equality’.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 9:1 March, 2007, pp. 38-59.

Refereed Encyclopedia Article:

“Queer International Relations,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press, 2017 (together with Cynthia Weber).

Review Essay:

“Review Essay: Feministische Interventionen in Krieg, Un/Sicherheit und Gewalt.” Österreichische Zeitschrift fuer Politikwissenschaft, 2, 2008.

(transl: “Feminist Interventions in War, In/Security and Violence.” Austrian Journal of Political Science, 2, 2008.)

 Edited Book:

Feminist Perspectives on Security, Barbara Budrich Publ., in progress (together with eds. Antje Daniels, Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel and Tanja Scheiterbauer).

Book Chapters:

“Queer International Relations,” Worldwide Perspectives on Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals: History, Culture and Law, Praeger Press, 2017 (together with Darcy Leigh and Cynthia Weber).

“Militarized masculinities, women torturers and the limits of gender analysis at Abu Ghraib” in Annick Wibben (ed.): Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics and Politics, Routledge Interventions Series, 2016, pp. 92-116.

“Empire, Desire and Violence: A Queer Transnational Feminist Reading of the Prisoner ‘Abuse’ in Abu Ghraib and the Question of ‘Gender Equality’” in Pramod K. Nayar (Ed.): Postcolonial Studies: An Anthology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, pp.495-511. [Invited Reprint]

“Empire, Desire and Violence: A Queer Transnational Feminist Reading of the Prisoner ‘Abuse’ in Abu Ghraib and the Question of ‘Gender Equality’” in Mary Evans (ed.): Gender, Volume IV: States of Gender, Routledge Major Works, 4-Volume Set, London: Routledge, 2010. [Invited Reprint]

Encyclopedia Entry:

“Queer Theory”, Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2016.


Contributions to Blogs:

“Interview – Melanie Richter-Montpetit”, E-International Relations, April 3 2017.

“Why Torture When Torture Does Not Work? Orientalism, anti-Blackness and the Persistence of White Terror”, The Disorder of Things, January 21 2015.


“Orientalism at War: Verticality, Muslim/ified targets and the politics of the sexed ‘colour line’,” Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 8 May 2017.

“Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism. Feminist and Queer investments in Liberal War,” Keynote for the Opening of the Centre for Global Studies, Keele University, 9 December 2015.

Beyond the sexed colour line? Liberal war and the imaginary geographies of Indian country in the Age of the Muslim/ified target,” Centre for American Studies, University of Sussex, 17 March 2015.

Media Coverage

Newspaper articles

“Controversial case shines a light on Germany’s shocking rape laws”, The Wire, June 26, 2016.

“Controversial case shines a light on Germany’s shocking rape laws”, The Conversation, June 23, 2016.

Newspaper interviews

Gender and the US Presidential Election (‘Clinton’s dream is crushed after the longest night’), Yorkshire Post, 10 November 2016.

On the strategic use of LGBT rights and homophobia in contemporary geopolitics (‘Der er gået storpolitik i at se lyserødt’), Dagebladet Information, 20 August 2016.

Radio interviews

The meaning of a Trump Presidency for International Relations, BBC Radio Sheffield, 9 November 2016.

Rise of ISIS and effectiveness of UK airstrikes on Syria, BBC Radio Sheffield, 2 December 2015.

Des courriels ciblés mettent Ottawa dans l’embarras, Radio Canada, 25 September 2012.

TV interviews

UK airstrikes on Syria and their implications for domestic Counter-Terrorism, ITV Calendar News, 2 December 2015.

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