Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Kerem Nisancioglu

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Admissions Tutor: MSc International Politics Member
PhD International Relations (University of Sussex)
Russell Square: College Buildings
MB C236
Email address
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+44(0) 20 7898 4728
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Thursdays, 3-5pm


Kerem Nisancioglu is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. He has researched and published on the relationship between Eurocentrism, capitalism, colonialism and race. His co-authored book (with Alexander Anievas) How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism (Pluto Press, 2015) explored these themes through an examination of the origins of capitalism. His more recent research has sought to develop an understanding of these same themes in relation to the emergence of modern sovereignty. Kerem received his DPhil from the University of Sussex in 2014 for his thesis The Ottomans in Europe: Uneven and Combined Development and Eurocentrism

Research interests

Kerem’s current research looks at contemporary entanglements of colonialism, racism, the state and capitalism by studying the practice of outsourcing across multiple, disparate, but connected sites, including universities, border enforcement, policing, incarceration, labour exploitation, and primary resource extraction. As part of this project, he is researching materialist theories of race, racism, colonialism, the state and capitalism, especially in Marxist, anarchist and anticolonial traditions. He is available for PhD supervision on any of the above topics.


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