Dr Kerry Goettlich

Dr Kerry Goettlich

PhD graduate

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Global modernity, historical sociology, empire, borders

About me

I hold an MSc (with distinction) in International Relations from the LSE, and a BA (magna cum laude) in Political Science and Classics from Williams College. 

My research aims to understand the historical origins and consequences of spatial orders in international politics. In order to do so I use interdisciplinary approaches to examine the changing relationship between geographical knowledge and political power. In my dissertation I examine how precisely demarcated, linear borders emerged and were universalized as a system for managing territorial space over the course of roughly the past five centuries. In particular, I investigate why patterns of border demarcation often diverge from standard historical narratives. My work has been published in the European Journal of International Relations.

I was previously editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and I serve as co-ordinator for the IR Department’s International Theory research cluster.

Research topic

From Frontiers to Borders: The Origins and Consequences of Linear Borders in International Politics

Teaching experience

Introduction to International Relations, Islam and Politics (LSE)

Academic supervisor

Professor Tarak Barkawi


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Expertise Details

Global modernity; historical sociology; empire; borders

My research