Lecturer in International Relations
- Dr Ben Whitham
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- SOAS University of London
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Ben Whitham is a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS. His research explores intersecting inequalities and global insecurities, from a perspective rooted in international political sociology and informed by global social theory. Specifically, Ben has researched and published on topics including: neoliberalism as state violence, ideology and governmentality; Islamophobia, its social functions, and its racialized, gendered, and classed dimensions; racial capitalism, austerity, and the cultural politics of crisis in the contemporary ‘West’. Ben was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading in 2015 for his thesis ‘The Neoliberal Way of War’, which explored how post-Cold War UK foreign and domestic security policies and practices – including the ‘War on Terror’ – are informed by neoliberal political-economic logics and discourses. His most recent publication is ‘Racial Capitalism, Islamophobia, and Austerity’ (with Nadya Ali), published in the June 2021 issue of International Political Sociology.
Prior to joining SOAS in 2021, Ben worked for five years at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. In 2019, Ben won the Political Studies Association’s national teaching award, the Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching, in recognition of his efforts at decolonising the curriculum in international theory and developing more inclusive learning and teaching practices, including a popular staff-student anti-racist reading group. He is currently working on an introductory undergraduate textbook on global politics for Bloomsbury Publishing (forthcoming, 2022).
Beyond academia, Ben has worked as a policy researcher (at Citizens Advice), an NGO director (at the Nuclear Information Service), and a community organiser (at the Leicester People’s University).
Ali, Nadya and Whitham, Ben (2021) ‘Racial capitalism, Islamophobia, and austerity’,International Political Sociology, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 190-211.
Hall, Richard and Ansley, Lucy and Connolly, Paris and Loonat, Sumeya and Patel, Kaushika and Whitham, Ben (2021), ‘Struggling for the anti-racist university: learning from an institution-wide response to curriculum decolonisation’, Teaching in Higher Education. Online ahead of print: tandfonline
Ali, Nadya and Whitham, Ben (2018) ‘The Unbearable Anxiety of Being: Ideological Fantasies of British Muslims beyond the Politics of Security’, Security Dialogue, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 400-417.
Whitham, Ben (2018) ‘Thinking the “culture wars” and the present political crisis with theYoung Marx (and friends)’, TripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique, Special Issue:‘Marx at 200’, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 707-716.
Whitham, Ben (2018), ‘Post-crash neoliberalism in theory and practice’, Political Studies Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 252-264.
Whitham, Ben (2013), ‘From security to resilience? (Neo)Liberalism, war and terror after
9/11’, Resilience, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 219-229.
Whitham, Ben (2020), ‘A postmodern neo-Marxist's guide to free speech: on Jordan Peterson, the alt-right, and neo-fascism’, in Charlotte Lydia Riley (ed.), The Free Speech Wars. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Whitham, Ben (2017) ‘Review of Timothy P.R. Weaver, Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom’, Political Studies Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, p. 297.
Whitham, Ben (2014) ‘Review of Milja Kurki, Democratic Futures: Re-Visioning Democracy Promotion’ Abingdon: Routledge. Political Studies Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, May 2014, p. 259.
Whitham, Ben (2017) ‘On seeking asylum from poverty: Why the refugee/migrant paradigm cannot hold’, Guest-Authored Series, No. 1, Mixed Migration Platform (DfID/UKAid & Danish Refugee Council).
Greenhalgh, Lizzie and Whitham, Ben (2016), Hidden charges in care homes: Exploring consumer protections within the care home market, London: Citizens Advice.
Whitham, Ben and Ogunye, Temi and Greenhalgh, Lizzie (2016), Learning from mistakes: How complaints can drive improvements to public services, London: Citizens Advice.