Dr Tina Managhan

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Social Sciences


Tina Managhan is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. She completed her PhD at York University in Toronto, Canada.  She has research interests in critical security studies; international relations theory; and feminist, psychoanalytic and postcolonial theory.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Contemporary Security Studies
  • Violence, Resistance and Identity Politics
  • Critical Militarism Studies


  • Security: Beyond Bullets and Bombs


Tina welcomes the opportunity to supervise students who are doing research in the areas of 'critical security studies' and/or 'gender and global politics' - particularly in relation to issues pertaining to identity, embodiment and/or emotion in global politics.

 PhD Supervisions Complete 

  • Shane Szarkowski, Deconstructing Failed State Discourse: Historical Bases, Contemporary Forms and International Security Implications (with Gary Browning & Magnus Ryner)
  • Matthew Hurley, Gendering International Security: Deconstructing Gender/Security Narratives of  International Security Institutions (with Tina Miller and Abigail Halcli)
  • Agnieszka Balicka, States Practice in Responding to Terrorist Attack: A Case Study of Israel and the US (with Magnus Ryner and Dawn Sedman)


Her research interests are broadly in the areas of critical security studies; postcolonial studies; and feminist, psychoanalytic and international relations theories with a particular focus on the politics of identity.  Her first book explored articulations of motherhood and social movement formation across three distinctive foreign policy moments in postwar United States in order to shed light into the material and discursive practices that have enabled and constrained particular iterations of American sovereignty.  Through this project and others she has become increasingly interested in the 'politics of the body' in terms of the ways that individual and collective bodies negotiate, embody, and subvert cultural meaning in national contexts and the implications for foreign policy and security practice.  Currently, she is exploring the limits of discursive approaches to critical understandings of the 'war on terror,' drawing insights from critical psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, and postcolonial and critical race studies to reinvigorate questions pertaining to the politics of knowing, the role of fear and jouissance in the 'war on terror,' and other embodied experiences of 'being at risk.'    

Centres and institutes


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