SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Ben Whitham

PhD Politics (University of Reading) MA International Relations and Globalisation (London Metropolitan University) BA (Hons.) Politics (Uni. East London)
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Department of Politics and International Studies

Lecturer in International Relations

Dr Ben Whitham
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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 the global politics of inequality and insecurity. Specifically, Ben's recent research has focused on the centrality of Islamophobic political discourse to the production of early twenty-first century social and economic order in the UK and the wider 'West', the rise of a new far right, and the 'cultural politics of crisis'. Ben's peer-reviewed research has been published in journals including Security Dialogue and International Political Sociology, has been cited by parliamentarians, and formed the basis for a REF Impact Case Study. He is currently researching the libidinal economies of gendered Islamophobia, and the cultural politics of crisis in Western liberal democracies.

Ben is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and holds a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. In 2019, he 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. Ben is also the author (with Andrew Heywood) of a new Third Edition of the popular textbook Global Politics (Bloomsbury, 2023).

At SOAS Ben convenes the postgraduate modules in International Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis, is a co-convenor of the undergraduate Final Year Project, and convenes the MSc International Politics.

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). He currently contributes research-informed policy advice to the Community Policy Forum.




Ali, Nadya and Whitham, Ben (2021) 'Racial Capitalism, Islamophobia, and Austerity'. International Political Sociology, (15) 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, (26) 7/8, pp 902-919.

Ali, Nadya and Whitham, Ben (2018) 'The unbearable anxiety of being: Ideological fantasies of British Muslims beyond the politics of security'. Security Dialogue, (49) 5, pp 400-417.

Whitham, Ben (2018) 'Thinking the ‘Culture Wars’ and the Present Political Crisis with the Young Marx (and Friends)'. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, (16) 2, pp 707-716.

Whitham, Ben (2017) 'Post-Crash Neoliberalism in Theory and Practice'. Political Studies Review, (16) 4, pp 252-264.

Whitham, Ben (2013) 'From security to resilience? (Neo)liberalism, war and terror after 9/11'. Resilience, (1) 3, pp 219-229.

Book Chapters

Whitham, Ben (2021) 'The cultural politics of crisis in the UK'. In: Price, Stuart and Harbisher, Ben, (eds.), Power, Media and the Covid-19 Pandemic. London: Routledge, pp 71-85.

Whitham, Ben (2020) 'A postmodern neo-Marxist’s guide to free speech: Jordan Peterson, the alt-right and neo-fascism'. In: Riley, Charlotte Lydia, (ed.), The Free Speech Wars: How Did We Get Here and Why Does It Matter?. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp 227-238.

Monographs and Working Papers

Whitham, Ben (2022) The Online Safety Bill: Will it Make Online Spaces Safer for Muslim Communities?. Birmingham: Community Policy Forum.

Book Reviews

Whitham, Ben (2017) 'Review of: Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom by Weaver Timothy PR. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 349pp., £45.50 (h/b), ISBN 9780812247824'. Political Studies Review, (15) 2, pp 297-297.

Whitham, Ben (2014) 'Review of: Democratic Futures: Re-visioning Democracy Promotion by Milja Kurki. Abingdon: Routledge, 2012. 296 pp., £26.99, ISBN 978 0 415 69034 8'. Political Studies Review, (12) 2, pp 259-259.


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