SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Meera Sabaratnam

BA (Hons) (Oxon), MSc, PhD (LSE), FHEA
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Overview

Meera Sabaratnam
Academic Board

Member

Senate

Chair

Department of Politics and International Studies

Chair, Decolonising SOAS Working Group

Name:
Dr Meera Sabaratnam
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4722
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
4413
Academic Support Hours:
Mondays 2-3. Wednesday 11-12 And by appointment

Biography

Meera Sabaratnam is Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Her research interests are in the colonial and postcolonial dimensions of international relations, in both theory and practice. She has worked on questions of decolonisation, Eurocentrism, race and methodology in IR. She has applied these concepts to the analysis of international development aid, peacebuilding and statebuilding, most recently in her book Decolonising Intervention (2017). Her regional interests are in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Currently she is working on questions of race in IR theory and a postcolonial historiography of the First World War. 

She is a member of the International Studies Association and currently chairs the Global Development Section. From 2013-17 she was a founding co-convener of the Colonial / Postcolonial / De-colonial Working Group of the British International Studies Association. She is one of the Online Editors for International Studies Quarterly and a Trustee and former Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Meera is also interested in questions of higher education policy and practice, particularly in terms of racialised inequalities, access to research and academic governance. At SOAS she chairs the Academic Senate and the Decolonising SOAS Working Group. Prior to joining SOAS she was Temporary Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. She received her first degree from the University of Oxford, her MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Teaching

Research

North-South Relations, International Relations Theory, postcolonial and feminist approaches, interpretive methods, global historical sociology, conflict, development and intervention, the Indian Ocean region, southern Africa

Publications

Authored Books

Sabaratnam, Meera (2017) Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Articles

Gallagher, J. and Death, C. and Sabaratnam, Meera and Smith, K. (2016) 'Teaching Africa and international studies: Forum introduction'. Politics, (36) 4, pp 441-452.

Sabaratnam, Meera (2015) 'Staging a Battle, Losing the Wars? International Studies, ‘Science’ and the Neoliberalisation of the University'. Millennium - Journal of International Studies, (43) 3, pp 975-979.

Sabaratnam, Meera (2013) 'Avatars of Eurocentrism in the critique of the liberal peace'. Security Dialogue, (44) 3, pp 259-278.

Sabaratnam, Meera (2011) 'IR in Dialogue... but Can We Change the Subjects? A Typology of Decolonising Strategies for the Study of World Politics'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (39) 3, pp 781-803.

Edited Books or Journals

Hoover, Joe and Sabaratnam, Meera and Schouenborg, Laust, (eds.), (2011) Interrogating Democracy in World Politics. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Campbell, Susanna and Chandler, David and Sabaratnam, Meera, (eds.), (2011) A Liberal Peace? The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding. London: Zed Books.

Book Chapters

Sabaratnam, Meera (2013) 'History repeating? Colonial, socialist and liberal statebuilding in Mozambique'. In: Chandler, David and Sisk, Timothy D., (eds.), Routledge handbook of International Statebuilding. London: Routledge.

Hoover, Joe and Sabaratnam, Meera and Schouenborg, Laust (2011) 'Introduction'. In: Hoover, Joe and Sabaratnam, Meera and Schouenborg, Laust, (eds.), Interrogating Democracy in World Politics. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon England; New York: Routledge.

Sabaratnam, Meera (2011) 'The Liberal Peace? A Brief Intellectual History of International Conflict Management, 1990-2010'. In: Campbell, Susanna and Chandler, David and Sabaratnam, Meera, (eds.), A Liberal Peace? The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding. London: Zed Books.

Sabaratnam, Meera (2011) 'Situated Critiques of Intervention: Mozambique and the Diverse Politics of Response'. In: Campbell, Susanna and Chandler, David and Sabaratnam, Meera, (eds.), A Liberal Peace? The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding. London: Zed Books.

Book Reviews

Sabaratnam, Meera (2016) 'Review: A Discussion of Robert Vitalis’s White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations'. Perspectives on Politics, (14) 4, pp 1129.

 

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