School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Nivi Manchanda, BA (SOAS), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)


Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Telephone: 020 7882 6913
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.16A
Office Hours: By appointment only - please email to arrange.


Nivi joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 2017. She has previously worked at the LSE and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She completed her PhD in 2014 from the University of Cambridge where her thesis – titled Imagining Afghanistan: the History and Politics of Imperial Knowledge Production -- was awarded the Best PhD dissertation in the Arts and Social Sciences by Clare Hall. She is finishing a book manuscript loosely based on this doctoral research.

She blogs at the and is the Co-Convener of the BISA Colonial Postcolonial and Decolonial Working Group.

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In Semester A, Nivi will be primarily teaching at the University of London in Paris (ULIP) o:

In Semester B, Nivi will be teaching at the QMUL Mile End campus on:

  • POL241 War and Security in World Politics
  • POL242 Global Governance


Research Interests:

Nivi’s research interests include post- and de-colonial theoretical approaches to the study of world politics. She is especially interested in the ways in which knowledge is produced and the raced, classed and gendered nature of both ‘expertise’ and ‘common-sense’.

Although she doesn’t have a regional focus per se, she is especially interested in the United States’ imperial interventions in the name of the ‘War on Terror’.

Her new research project is on the racialized nature of security both in its theoretical underpinnings and its political praxis.

Examples of research funding:

Nivi received funding for her PhD from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trusts. She has also been the recipient of numerous other grants including Santander Research Grants and the Cambridge Political Economy Trust.



‘Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Colour Line’ (with Robbie Shilliam and Alex Anievas, Routledge 2015)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

‘The Imperial Sociology of the Tribe in Afghanistan’ Millennium forthcoming

‘Rendering Afghanistan Legible’ Politics (2017), available on iFirst

‘Queering the Pashtun: Afghan Sexuality in the Homonationalist Imaginary’ Third World Quarterly, 2015

Chapters in edited Books:

‘Postcolonialism’ in Security Studies: an Introduction (third ed). Edited by Matt Macdonald and Paul Williams, Routledge, 2018 (forthcoming)

‘Gender and Nationalism’ (with Leah de Haan) in Race, Gender and Culture in International Relations edited by Randolph Persaud and Alina Sajed. Routledge, 2018, forthcoming

Selected Opinion Pieces and Book Reviews:

Review of Bob Vitalis’s White World Order, Black Power Politics (2016) available at:

Review of Megan Daigle’s From Cuba with Love (2015) available at:

‘Out of Nowhere: Taliban and Malala’ OpenDemocracy (November 2012) available at:


Nivi is currently co-supervising Stacey Links based at the University of Utrecht.

She would be keen to supervise PhD students working on postcolonial, decolonial and queer theory, the politics of knowledge, and She especially welcomes research proposals dealing with questions of race, gender and borders/frontiers in global politics.