Dr Rahul Rao
BA, LLB (India); DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer in Politics
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Rahul Rao has research interests in international relations theory, the international relations of South Asia, comparative political thought, and gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a book on queer postcolonial temporality. His first book Third World Protest: Between Home and the World (Oxford University Press, 2010) explored the relationship between cosmopolitanism and nationalism in postcolonial protest. He was previously a Term Fellow in Politics at University College, Oxford. He has a law degree from the National Law School of India University, and read for a doctorate in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
- Comparative International Political Thought
- International Relations of South Asia
- Introduction to Global History
- Introduction to International Relations
- Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
PhD Students supervised
- Art Mitchells-Urwin, Pornography Consumption of Diasporic Thais: Shifting and Static Responses to Power and the Erotic
- Jacquelyn P. Strey, Queer Moments, Queer Imaginings: The everyday activism of queer women in India
- Nadiya Ali, Negotiating Multiplicity and Engagement
- Priya Kumar, “Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievance: An Analysis of Transnational Diaspora Linkages and Mobilization Outcomes” (Preliminary title)
- Sena Galazzi,
- Sruthi Muraleedharan , Symbolic Encounters: Identarian Performativity and Political Subjectivity [Tentative]
International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia.
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Rao, Rahul (2010) Third World Protest: Between Home and the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Rao, Rahul (2015) 'Echoes of Imperialism in LGBT Activism.' In: Nicolaïdis, Kalypso and Sèbe, Berny and Maas, Gabrielle, (eds.), Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies. London: I. B. Tauris, pp. 355-372.
Rao, Rahul (2014) 'The Elusiveness of 'Non-Western Cosmopolitanism'.' In: Gupta, Sonika and Padmanabhan, Sudarsan, (eds.), Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age. New Delhi: Routledge.
Rao, Rahul (2013) 'Postcolonialism.' In: Freeden, Michael and Sargent, Lyman Tower and Stears, Marc, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 271-289.
Rao, Rahul (2012) 'Cosmopolitanism.' In: Chimni, Bhupinder S. and Mallavarapu, Siddharth, (eds.), International Relations: Perspectives for the Global South. Delhi: Pearson, pp. 195-209.
Rao, Rahul (2012) 'Postcolonial Cosmopolitanism: Making Place for Nationalism.' In: Tripathy, Jyotirmaya and Padmanabhan, Sudarsan, (eds.), The Democratic Predicament: Cultural Diversity in Europe and India. New Delhi: Routledge, pp. 165-187.
Rao, Rahul (2011) 'Queer in the Time of Terror.' In: Narrain, Arvind and Gupta, Alok, (eds.), Law Like Love: Queer Perspectives on Law. New Delhi: Yoda Press, pp. 43-66.
Rao, Rahul (2014) 'Queer Questions.' International Feminist Journal of Politics, 16 (2). pp. 199-217.
Rao, Rahul (2014) 'The locations of homophobia.' London Review of International Law, 2 (2). pp. 169-199.
Rao, Rahul (2014) 'Re-membering Mwanga: same-sex intimacy, memory and belonging in postcolonial Uganda.' Journal of Eastern African Studies, 9 (1). pp. 1-19.
Rao, Rahul (2012) 'Review Essay: Revisiting Cartographic Anxiety.' Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 49 (3). pp. 575-592.
Rao, Rahul (2010) 'Disciplining Cosmopolitanism.' Transnational Legal Theory, 1 (3). pp. 393-420.
Rao, Rahul (2004) 'The Empire Writes Back (to Michael Ignatieff).' Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 33 (1). pp. 145-166.
Rao, Rahul (2000) 'The UN and NATO in the New World Order: Legal Issues.' International Studies, 37 (3). pp. 157-181.
Rao, Rahul and Weber-Venghaus, Svenja and Sasser, Brandie (2001) Implementation of Operational Directive 4.20 on Indigenous Peoples: An Independent Desk Review, Background Paper 1: A Review of Selected Issues Related to Indigenous Peoples.
Rao, Rahul (2013) 'Listening to the avant-garde.' Ethics & Global Politics, 6 (2). pp. 101-107.
Rao, Rahul (2013) 'Review of Naisargi N. Dave, 'Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics'.' ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs, 3 . pp. 191-197.
Rao, Rahul (2008) 'Review of Martha Nussbaum, The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future.' Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 37 (1). pp. 245-247.
Rao, Rahul (2005) 'Review of 'Sarai Reader 05: Bare Acts'.' Oxonian Review of Books, 4 (3).
Rao, Rahul (2015) 'A Debate Around John Hobson's 'The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics'.' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2014) 'Cavity Searches in Intern(ation)al Relations.' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2014) 'Staying positivist in the fight against homophobia.' Sexuality Policy Watch Newsletter, 14 .
Rao, Rahul (2013) 'Sour Lips: A Review.' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2013) 'The Queer Art of Whistle Blowing.' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2012) 'On 'gay conditionality', imperial power and queer liberation.' Kafila .
Rao, Rahul (2012) 'Researching Sexuality in ‘Difficult’ Contexts.' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2012) 'How Many Buddhists Are There in Northern Ireland?' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2011) 'War theatre: Black Watch.' openDemocracy .
Rao, Rahul (2011) 'Dalston: a worm's eye view.' The Disorder of Things .
Rao, Rahul (2010) 'In defence of Sex and the City 2.' openDemocracy .
Rao, Rahul (2008) 'Mumbai: Why?' Global Policy Forum .
Rao, Rahul (2005) 'Blenheim and Bangalore.' New Internationalist (382).
Rao, Rahul (2004) 'World Social Forum Mumbai: Included Out?' Mute: culture and politics after the Net (27).
Rao, Rahul (1999) 'Social Clauses: Here to Stay.' Global Policy Forum .