Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Empire, International Relations Theory, postcolonial thought

About me

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.

Research topic

The global construction of the post-colonial state

Teaching experience

LSE: IR200 – International Political Theory
LSE Summer School - R100 – Great Thinkers, Pivotal Leaders: Shaping the Global Order

Academic supervisor

Professor Tarak Barkawi



Expertise Details

Empire; International Relations Theory; postcolonial thought; critical theory; global history; sociology of knowledge; race and world politics; uneven and combined development

My research