Senior Lecturer in International Politics
- Dr Mark Laffey
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Mark Laffey is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. His research interests are in international theory and international security. He has a particular interest in postcolonial approaches to world politics, and more broadly in the role of hierarchy in shaping both the world and our knowledge of it. 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. 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).
Mark is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys interacting with his students. At SOAS he has taught modules on Introduction to International Relations, International Theory, International Institutions and World Politics, War and the International, Decolonising World Politics, The Politics of Global Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, Geopolitics: Space and Power and Introduction to Political Analysis. Recent completed PhD supervisions have included the clash of governmentalities in the peacebuilding process in Sri Lanka, the role of judicial reasoning in the extraterritorial extension of US law into the world economy, and the relations between the state and the corporation in the context of the privatization of security. Mark welcomes PhD proposals in any area of international theory, international security or foreign policy related to his research interests.
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 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.
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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, J. (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, T (2002) 'Retrieving the Imperial: Empire and International Relations'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (vol. 3), 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, T (1999) 'The Imperial Peace: Democracy, Force and Globalization'. European Journal of International Relations, (5 (4)), pp 403-434.
Laffey, Mark and Weldes, J (1997) 'Beyond Belief: Ideas and Symbolic Technologies in the Study of International Relations'. European Journal of International Relations, (3 (2)), pp 193-237.
Barkawi, T and Laffey, M, (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).
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, J. (2005) 'Policing and Global Governance'. In: Barnett, M. and Duvall, R., (eds.), Power in Global Gevernance. 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, M. and Smith, H., (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: Laffey/J, M, (ed.), Cultures of Insecurity: States Communities and the Production of Danger. Minneapolis: Univ of Minnesota Press, pp 233-260.
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