My research agenda is centred on the histories and legacies of empire and decolonisation, as well as their implications for international political theory and International Relations theory. Particularly, I am interested in the historical evolution of different representational practices related to class, race, and gender; practices of legitimating and contesting shared global futures; and the promise and limits of critical counter-discourse. I take a transnational and dialectical approach to these problems.
My current research project is primarily focussed on the intersections and disjunctions between different pan-African, Caribbean, and European representations of difference and unity between 1919 and 1980. I have carried out archival research for this project in Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Europe.
Previously, I worked for the Geneva-based NGO, International Bridges to Justice, and the London-based Oxford Research Group before concentrating full-time on academic research.
I am a recipient of LSE’s Martin Wight prize for best M.Sc. Dissertation in IR, the Michael Leifer scholarship, and a former editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
The global construction of the post-colonial state
LSE: IR200 – International Political Theory
LSE Summer School - R100 – Great Thinkers, Pivotal Leaders: Shaping the Global Order
Professor Tarak Barkawi