Dr Audrey Alejandro

Dr Audrey Alejandro

Assistant Professor of Qualitative Text Analysis

Department of Methodology

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Key Expertise
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 multi-method research design, reflexivity, participatory-action-research, research and creativity, and the methodology of writing.

Example of 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

Gustav Meibauer, Kiran Phull, Audrey Alejandro and Gokhan Ciflikli,2023, Alternative metrics, traditional problems? Assessing gendered dynamics in the altmetrics of political science, European Political Science, [online first].

Audrey Alejandro and Eleanor Knott, How to Pay Attention to the Words We Use: The Reflexive Review as a Method for Linguistic ReflexivityInternational Studies Review, 24, 3 [online first] 

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

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 issueJournal of International Relations and Development, 24, 4, 1001-1013.

Audrey Alejandro,2021, Diversity for and by whom? Knowledge production and the management of diversity in international relations, International Politics Reviews, 280-285.

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, Reflexivity in Practice: An Introduction, video tutorial recorded forSage Research Methods Video: Qualitative and Mixed Methods, 2023.

Audrey Alejandro, Reflexivity in Practice: The Internationalisation of Social Sciences  case study video recorded forSage Research Methods Video: Qualitative and Mixed Methods, 2023.

Audrey AlejandroPoems of resistance - Writing poetry about frustrations, hope and standing up against the systemThe Methodological Artist - Personal blog, 2023.

Audrey AlejandroChecklist questionnaire when revising a research assignment/project, ​The Methodological Artist - Personal blog, 2022.

Audrey Alejandro分析的定,以及一些提升分析能力的小技巧, [Chinese translation of What is analysis ? Some tips to become more analytical], The Methodological Artist - Personal blog, 2022.

Audrey Alejandro?Qué es él análisis? [Spanish translation of What is analysis ? Some tips to become more analytical], The Methodological Artist - Personal blog, 2022.

Audrey AlejandroHow to identify a research topicThe Methodological Artist - Personal blog, 2022.

Audrey AlejandroHow to construct and formulate research questionsThe Methodological Artist - Personal blog, 2022.

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.