Shruti Balaji

Shruti Balaji

PhD Candidate

Department of International Relations

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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 Prof. Katharine Millar and Prof. 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 member of the Editorial Board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and the Student Representative for the first 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 Transnational Networks (c.1920-50)

Shruti’s doctoral research at the LSE is interested in looking at Indian women as political actors in transnational networks and organisations in the late colonial period in India (c. 1920-50). Through archival research, her aim is broadly to make both a theoretical and empirical contribution to ongoing academic work on global anti-imperial relations of race, gender and empire in the twentieth century in International Relations and secondly to add to the conversation on decolonising feminist IR theory by disrupting and de-centering existing ideas on women’s involvement in transnational networks in the inter-war period.

Teaching experience

  • IR200: International Political Theory


Tarak Barkawi
Katharine Millar

Research Centre affiliation

South Asia Centre


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Expertise Details

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