SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Mark Laffey

BA, MA (Canterbury, New Zealand), PhD (Minnesota)
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Mark Laffey
Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Founding Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Department of Politics and International Studies

Academic Board Member

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Faculty Board Member

Academic Board

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Dr Mark Laffey
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+44 (0)20 7898 4744
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • 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
  • Stephanie Hale , Global Elite Networks in World Politics
  • Vino Kanapathipillai, The state-corporate-security nexus.
Previous Modules Taught:
  • International Politics
  • Geopolitics: Space and Power
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Theory
  • International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics (CISD)
  • International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics (CISD)


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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.

Edited Books or Journals

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).

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. Abingdon: 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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