SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Mark Laffey

BA MA (hons.) PhD (Minn.) SFHEA
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Mark Laffey
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Founding Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Mark Laffey
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+44 (0)20 7898 4744
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Mark Laffey is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations. His research interests are in International Relations Theory, International Security, Foreign Policy Analysis and International Political Sociology, with a particular interest in postcolonial approaches to world politics. A central theme in all his research is the role of hierarchy and violence in shaping the world and how we think about it. He has written on Eurocentrism in IR theory, the role of ideas in foreign policy, the cultural production of insecurity, the relations between democracy, liberalism and force, and the role of policing in shaping world order. His current research focuses on the international politics of the corporation, the politics of memory in imperial contexts, and the implications of China for postcolonial IR theory. His published work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Millenium: Journal of International Studies and Security Dialogue and in several edited volumes. He is the co-editor of two books: Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities and the Production of Danger (Minnesota, 1999) and Democracy, Liberalism and War: Rethinking the Democratic Peace Debates (Lynne Rienner, 2001). As of 2020, Mark is the most cited scholar in the Department.

From 2016-2019 Mark was Head of Department and from 2018-19 he was also Director of Teaching and Learning. He is co-founder of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy and a member of its steering committee from 2001-2016. Prior to joining SOAS he taught at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and Kent State University. Mark holds a BA and MA from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a PhD from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the British Academy, amongst others.

Department Teaching and Learning Committee - BA International Relations.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Dani Solomon , The global ordering implications of non-liberal peacebuilding and development
  • Leda Betti, Making Cars, Remaking People: the Italian State and the Rescaling of Class Relations in the Fiat-Chrysler Case
  • Pia Ljungman, Making Money: Remodelling Europe The causes and consequences of the European sovereign debt crisis narrative
  • Rashid Ansari, The UK’s PREVENT Strategy and state relations with Muslim communities.
  • Stephanie Hale , Global Elite Networks in World Politics


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Laffey, Mark and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2012) 'The Hybridity of Liberal Peace: States, Diasporas and Insecurity'. Security Dialogue, (43) 5, pp 402-419.

Laffey, Mark (2010) 'Things Lost and Found: Richard Ashley and the Silences of Thinking Space'. Review of International Studies, (36) 4, pp 989-1004.

Laffey, Mark and Weldes, Jutta (2008) 'Decolonizing the Cuban Missile Crisis'. International Studies Quarterly, (52) 3, pp 555-577.

Barkawi, Tarak and Laffey, Mark (2006) 'The Postcolonial Moment in Security Studies'. Review of International Studies, (32) 2, pp 329-352.

Laffey, Mark and Weldes, Jutta (2004) 'US Foreign Policy, Public Memory, and Autism: Representing September 11 and May 4'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (17) 2, pp 355-75.

Laffey, Mark (2003) 'Discerning the Patterns of World Order: Noam Chomsky and International Theory after the Cold War'. Review of International Studies, (29) 4, pp 587-604.

Laffey, Mark and Barkawi, Tarak (2002) 'Retrieving the Imperial: Empire and International Relations'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (31) 1, pp 109-127.

Laffey, Mark (2001) 'Tall Tales of the State and Its Trials: The World According to Liberal Cosmopolitanism'. Politologiske Studier, (4(2)), pp 74-81.

Laffey, Mark (2000) 'Locating Identity: Performativity, Foreign Policy and State Action'. Review of International Studies, (26 (3)), pp 429-444.

Laffey, Mark and Barkawi, Tarak (1999) 'The Imperial Peace: Democracy, Force and Globalization'. European Journal of International Relations, (5) 4, pp 403-434.

Laffey, Mark and Weldes, Jutta (1997) 'Beyond Belief: Ideas and Symbolic Technologies in the Study of International Relations'. European Journal of International Relations, (3) 2, pp 193-237.

Edited Books or Journals

Barkawi, Tarak and Laffey, Mark, (eds.), (2001) Democracy, Liberalism and War: Rethinking the Democratic Peace Debates. Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner (USA).

Weldes, Jutta and Laffey, Mark and Gusterson, Hugh and Duvall, Raymond, (eds.), (1999) Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities and the Production of Danger. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (Borderlines).

Book Chapters

Laffey, Mark and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2016) 'Securing the diaspora: Policing global order'. In: Hönke, Jana and Muller, Markus-Michael, (eds.), The Global Making of Police: Postcolonial Perspectives. London, UK: Routledge, pp 114-131.

Laffey, Mark and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2016) 'Postcolonialism'. In: Collins, Alan, (ed.), Contemporary Security Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 122-138.

Laffey, Mark and Weldes, Jutta (2005) 'Policing and Global Governance'. In: Barnett, Michael and Duvall, Raymond, (eds.), Power in Global Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 59-79.

Laffey, Mark and Weldes, Jutta (2004) 'Representing the International: Sovereignty after Modernity?'. In: Passavant, Paul and Dean, Jodi, (eds.), The Empire's New Clothes: reading Hardt and Negri. New York: Routledge, pp 121-142.

Laffey, Mark and Dean, Kathryn (2002) 'A Flexible Marxism for Flexible Times: globalization and historical materialism'. In: Rupert, Mark and Smith, Hazel, (eds.), Historical Materialism and Globalisation: Essays on Continuity and Change. London: Routledge, pp 90-109.

Laffey, Mark (1999) 'Adding an Asian Strand: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Culture in New Zealand, 1984-97'. In: Weldes, Jutta, (ed.), Cultures of Insecurity: States Communities and the Production of Danger. Minneapolis: Univ of Minnesota Press, pp 233-260.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Sabaratnam, Meera and Patomäki, Heikki and Leander, Anna and Abraham, Kavi and Laffey, Mark and Avant, Deborah (2017) Can Networks Govern?.


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