This is my second year at ULIP. I divide my time between Queen Mary University of London (semester) and ULIP (first semester). I love being able to teach and live in two of my favourite cities in the world. 

I work on the intersections of race and gender in international politics. I'm currently working on a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press loosely based on my doctoral research. I am also increasingly interested in the racialised dynamics of security practice and whether these are likely to change in Britain after Brexit. 

I'm currently editor in chief of the journal Politics. I'm co-convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA's) largest working group - the Colonial Postcolonial Decolonial (CPD) working group.


PhD University of Cambridge entitled Imagining Afghanistan: the History and Politics of Imperial Knowledge Production awarded in April 2015.                                                                                              



  • Imagining Afghanistan: The History and Politics of Imperial Knowledge Production (single-authored monograph under review with Cambridge University Press)
  • Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Colour Line, Routledge Interventions Series (edited with Alex Anievas and Robbie Shilliam), 2014.

 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • ‘The Imperial Sociology of the “Tribe” in Afghanistan, Millennium, vol. 46, no. 1 pp 165-189, 2018
  • ‘Rendering Afghanistan Legible: Practices of (dis)order and the ‘state of Afghanistan’ Politics vol. 37, no. 4, pp 386-401, 2017
  • ‘Queering the Pashtun: Afghan Sexuality in the Homonationalist Imaginary’, Third World Quarterly, forthcoming, volume 36, no. 1, 2015 pp130-14 

Book Chapters

  • ‘The Imperial Sociology of the ‘Tribe’ Handbook of Postcolonial Politics, edited by Robbie Shilliam and Olivia Rutazibwa, London: Routledge, 2018
  • ‘Security and Postcolonialism’ Security Studies: An Introduction edited by Paul Williams and Matt McDonalds, London: Routledge, 2018
  • ‘Gender, Nation and Nationalism’ (with Leah de Haan) in Race, Gender and Culture in International Relations: Postcolonial Perspectives edited by Randolph Persaud and Alina Sajed, London: Routledge, 2018
  • ‘A brief history of Race in Britain’ The Oxford Handbook on History and International Relations edited by Christain Reus-Smit and Edward Keene (forthcoming, 2019)
  • ‘Race and Racism in Britain’ in The Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations edited by Benjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa Lopez and Halvard Leira (forthcoming, 2019)

Book Reviews and Other Select Publications

  • ‘The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race', book review of Carl Antony's The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 2018 (available online on iFirst, ahead of Print)
  • ‘Colour, gender, religion: there’s more than political correctness to the new British Army recruitment campaign’ (with Paul Higate), The Conversation January 17, 2018
  • ‘An African American Social Science: International Relations’, book review of Bob Vitalis’ White World Order, Black PoliticsThe Disorder of Things June 8, 2016 available at: international-relations/