Dr Audrey Alejandro

Dr Audrey Alejandro

Assistant Professor of Qualitative Text Analysis

Department of Methodology

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Discourse, Knowledge, International Political Sociology, Reflexivity

About me

"My favourite experience is teaching the module Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis that I designed. Every year I am so excited about learning from [the students] how the module has been a transformative experience that helped them rethink their role in society as social agents who can use what they learned to transform themselves and the way they speak the world into being."
- Dr Audrey Alejandro shares the most enjoyable aspect of her work as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations. Read the full close-up with Methodology faculty.

Audrey is an International Political Sociologist, working at the crossroads of International Relations, Sociology and Political Science. She researches discourse and knowledge, the role they play in society, how scholars can apprehend their effects and what it takes to produce discourses and knowledge that help to create a world consistent with our objectives and values.

Audrey joined the Department of Methodology in 2018. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London and a Fellow at both the London School of Economics and at Sciences Bordeaux, where she received her PhD in Political Science in 2016. She also held visiting positions at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India and at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Audrey is, convener of the International Political Sociology research group Doing IPS and co-editor of the Palgrave book series Trends in European IR. She was awarded a LSE Excellence in Education award in 2019 and 2020, a LSE Class Teacher Award in 2017, and nominated for the LSE Student Union Teaching Awards 2020 and 2021 in the categories "Inspirational Teaching" and "Innovative Teaching".

Her methodological interests include computer-assisted discourse analysis, reflexivity, multi-method research design, participatory-action-research, and the methodology of writing.

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Past Research Projects

Expertise Details

Discourse analysis; Politics of knowledge; International Relations; Reflexivity; Participatory methods


Audrey Alejandro, 2019, Western dominance in International Relations? The Internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India, London and New York: Routledge.

Knud Erik Jørgensen, Audrey Alejandro, Felix Rösch, Helen Turton, and Alexander Reichwein, 2017, Reappraising European IR Theoretical Traditions, Palgrave.

Journal articles

Audrey Alejandro, 2021, "How to Problematise Categories: Building the Methodological Toolbox for Linguistic Reflexivity", International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 20, [online first] 

Audrey Alejandro, 2021, "Do international relations scholars not care about Central and Eastern Europe or do they just take the region for granted? A conclusion to the special issue"Journal of International Relations and Development, 24, 4, 1001-1013, [online first]

Audrey Alejandro,2021, “Diversity for and by whom? Knowledge production and the management of diversity in international relations”, International Politics Reviews, [online first]

Audrey Alejandro, 2021, “Reflexive discourse analysis: A methodology for the practice of reflexivity”, European Journal of International Relations, 27, 1, 150-174

Audrey Alejandro, 2017, “Eurocentrism, Ethnocentrism and Misery of Position: International Relations in Europe, a problematic oversight ”, European Review of International Studies, 4, 1, 2017, 5-20.

Audrey Alejandro, 2017, “The narrative of Academic Dominance: How to Overcome the ‘Core-periphery’ Divide ”, International Studies Review, 19, 2, 2017, 22-26. 

Audrey Alejandro, 2016, “Réflexivité et ‘domination occidentale’ - Avancées et perspectives pour un programme de recherche prometteur en Relations Internationales”, Études Internationales, volume XLVII, 1, 2016, 133 – 144.

Daniel Compagnon and Audrey Alejandro, China’s External Environmental Policy: the Case of China’s Environmental Impact in Africa”, Environmental Practice, 15, 3, 2013, 220 – 227. 

Other publications and blog posts

 Audrey Alejandro, “Coding Qualitative Data - Am I doing it 'the right way'?”, The Methodological Artist personal blog, 2020.

Audrey Alejandro, “Online Teaching Challenges (and some insights about how to address them)”, The Methodological Artist personal blog, 2020.

Audrey Alejandro, “What is analysis? Some tips to become more analytical”, The Methodological Artist personal blog, 2019.

Audrey Alejandro, “Developing post-graduate research skills”, LSE Case Studies on Education, 2019. 

Audrey Alejandro, “International Relations and Foreign Policy in India: Policy-oriented Works between Discipline and State” in Theorizing Indian Foreign Policy: Opening Up and Assessing the Toolbox for the Twenty-first Century, Mischa Hansel, Raphaёlle Khan and Mélissa Levaillant (eds.), Routledge, 2017, pp. 29 – 46.

Audrey Alejandro, “Walking the reflexive talk ”, e-International Relations, 2016.