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Marysia Zalewski

Professor Marysia Zalewski

Professor of International Relations and Director of Equality, Dignity and Inclusion

School of Law and Politics

+44 29206 88822
69 Park Place, Room 1.06, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Available for postgraduate supervision


I have degrees from the University of East Anglia and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Most of my work is about studying global politics using critical feminist theories. I have published widely in this area  (seven internationally acclaimed books, and author or co-author of some 50 plus essays/articles in peer reviewed outputs). My research has been supported by the British Academy, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and The British Council.

I am a recipient of an Eminent Scholarship awarded by the International Studies Association awarded in 2013. This was for my international research profile particularly in the development of critical IR in the discipline, and for mentorship of junior scholars. I was the first British scholar to receive this particular award since its inception in 1990.

I am currently one of the Editors-in-Chief of the journal International Feminist Journal of Politics and co-series editor of the book series Creative Interventions in Global Politics (Rowman & Littlefield International).

My research is located at the intersections of critical international relations theory, feminist theory (broadly conceived), queer theory and political theory. My mode of enquiry is (loosely) poststructural. Currently I am engaged in critical projects on sexual violence against men, the future of sexual violence, performance and knowledge production in international politics and creative writing in IR.

I have has extensive senior management experience (including being Head of School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen (2011-2014)).









Book sections



'Well, what is the feminist perspective on Bosnia?', International Affairs, 1995, 71:2, 339-356.

  • Selected as one of the top ten articles of the 1990s (in celebration of 100 years of International Affairs in 2020)


My most recent publications include:

‘Security Unbound: Spectres of Feminism in Trump-Time’ (2020). Critical Security Studies 8(1): 1-14. 

‘Forget(ting) feminism? Investigating relationality in international relations’,Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2019, 32:5, 615-635. DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2019.1624688.

Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Global Politics. Co-edited with Professor Elisabeth Prügl (Geneva), Professor Maria Stern (Gothenburg) and Paula Drumond (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), London and New York: Routledge. 2018.

‘Unthinking sexual violence in a neoliberal age of spectacular terror’, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2015, 8:3, 1-17.

‘Taking Feminist Violence Seriously in Feminist International Relations’ International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2013, 15:3, 293-313.

‘Trying not to write an academic book (while at the same time trying to write one)’

Critical Methods in Studying World Politics: Creativity and Transformation (Edinburgh University press), edited by Dr Erzsebet Strausz, Dr Shine Choi and Dr Anna Selmeczi. 2020.

‘Gender/s’ in Gender and Violence. Edited by Laura J Shepherd. Edward Elgar. 2019.

‘Provocations in Debates about Sexual Violence’ in Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Global Politics. Co-edited with Professor Elisabeth Prügl (Geneva), Professor Maria Stern (Gothenburg) and Paula Drumond (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro). London and New York: Routledge. 2018.