0 Shruti Balaji
 Shruti Balaji

Shruti Balaji

PhD Candidate

Department of International Relations

Connect with me

English, Hindi, Tamil
Key Expertise
Feminist International Relations, Gender and IR, Postcolonial IR, IR theory

About me

Shruti is an MPhil/PhD candidate in the Department of IR jointly supervised by Dr Katharine Millar and Professor Tarak Barkawi. Before commencing her PhD, Shruti was a candidate of the Double Master’s in International Affairs, at L'Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po, Paris), where she studied for an MA in International Security and at the London School of Economics, where she completed her MSc in International Relations (with Distinction). 

Shruti holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science (Honours) from Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College, University of Delhi. In addition, Shruti holds a postgraduate Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace building from the University of Delhi.

Presently, Shruti is a co-editor of the Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Volume 50. She is also the Student Representative of the second year PhD cohort in the Department of IR. Her research affiliation is with the International Theory Workshop Cluster.

Previously, Shruti has undertaken research projects for non-governmental organisations that work at an intersection of gender, justice and security such as CARE International UK (London), and the Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP, New Delhi).

Research topic

Third World Women of the International: Spatial Identities and anti-imperial networks

I study Indian women international political thinkers and actors in the early to mid-twentieth century. Through archival research, my research aims to decolonise feminist IR theory by challenging existing ideas on the extent and nature of “non-western” (particularly South Asian) women’s role in international thought and activism in the twentieth century. Through this move, I aim to make cross-cutting contributions to twentieth century international political thought, women’s international and intellectual thought, and postcolonial IR theory.

Teaching experience

  • IR200: International Political Theory


Tarak Barkawi
Katharine Millar

Research Centre affiliation

South Asia Centre

Research Cluster affiliation

Theory/Area/History Research Cluster


Read or download Shruti Balaji's CV



Expertise Details

Feminist International Relations; postcolonial feminist IR; postcolonial thought; South Asian international thought; India; Gender and IR; International Relations theory; Eurocentrism in IR