Dr Kandida Purnell

Dr Kandida Purnell

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Some of the courses I teach:

INR4100: Introduction to International Relations
DEV5200: Research Methods and Practices


Dr Kandida Purnell is an international political theorist with teaching experience in the UK and US systems. Currently working as Assistant Professor of International Relations at Richmond, The American International University in London, Kandida has previously fulfilled the roles of Lecturer in International Relations (Security) at City, University of London and Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen.

As a commentator at blogs including Duck of Minerva, The Disorder of Things, and Somatosphere, Kandida has recently published on the body politics of the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger strike, war commemoration, and war performance and museumification, Kandida’s monograph Rethinking the Body in Global Politics due for publication on 1st April 2021 with Routledge’s Interventions series. Kandida is also continuing to collaborate with Natasha Danilova and Emma Dolan on the Carnegie-funded ‘War Commemoration, Military Culture, and Identity Politics in Scotland’ project while solo research into ‘Feeling COVID-19’ and ‘Bringing Bodies Back: Repatriation and War Performance within Forever War’ is ongoing.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:


  • Purnell, K. Forthcoming 1st April 2021, Rethinking the Body in Global Politic, (Interventions Series). STATUS: Manuscript Submitted.
  • Danilova, N, Purnell, K, Dolan, E. Land of the Brave: Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland, Edinburgh University Press Advances in Critical Military Studies series. STATUS: Under Review.

Policy Papers


  1. Purnell, K. Forthcoming 2020 (Under Contract/Manuscript Submission Deadline: 01/09/20). Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politics, Routledge (Interventions Series).
  1. Danilova, N, Purnell, K, Dolan, E. Land of the Brave: Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland, Edinburgh University Press Advances in Critical Military Studies
  1. Articles for Submission
    • Purnell, K and Danilova, N. (Submitting September 2019) ‘Army/Artist Engagement and the Performance of War in Public: Army@Fringe and the Familiar/Familial Embodiment of the Military’, Review of International Studies.
    • Purnell, K. (Submitting December 2019) ‘“A Groundbreaking Resurrection”: Public Performance, Choreographed Conflict, and the Global War on Terror’, Theory, Culture, Society. Impact Factor: 1.702.
    • Purnell, K. (Submitting May 2020) ‘Bringing Bodies Back and (Ac/)Counting in Conflict: Comparing British and American Repatriation Politics during the Global War on Terror’, International Studies Quarterly Impact Factor: 1.943

    Books for Submission

    • Purnell, K. (Submitting 2020) Bringing Bodies Back: The British and American politics of Repatriation and War Performance during the Global War on Terror. Target publisher: Rowman and Littlefield, Series: Creative Interventions in Global Politics (eds. Choi. S, Masters. C, Parashar, and Zalewski. M).
    • Purnell, K and Danilova, N. (Submitting 2021) ‘War Dance: Army/Artist Collaboration and the Politics of Performing the Global War on Terror’, Publisher tbd.

    Book Chapters for Submission

    • Purnell, K. ‘Becoming Bodies’ in eds. Wilcox, L and Shinko, R. ‘Embodying International Relations’, Publisher tbd.
    • Purnell, K. ‘Dead Soldiers’ in eds. Auchter, J and Hendershot, C. ‘The Global Dead’, Publisher tbd.
  • ‘Rethinking the Body in Global Politics’Symbolic Objects in Contentious Politics BISA eventUniversity of Aberdeen: Invited Speaker;
  • Terrorism in the UK’, European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) UK, King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Oct 2017: Invited Panelist;
  • The Scottish Warrior’, Festival of Social Science, Gordon Highlanders’ Museum, Nov 2017: Chair;
  • Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politics’, Talk for University of Aberdeen’s Politics and International Relations Society (PIRSOC), Sept 2018, Invited Speaker.
  • Guest Blogger, Duck of Minerva (2016-2017):Recent Blog posts:
  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference: 2013-2020;
  • ISA North East Annual Conference: 2012, 2014, 2016;
  • British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference: 2016, 2019;
  • European International Studies Association (EISA) Pan European Conference: 2015, 2016;
  • EISA Workshops in International Studies: 2014, 2017;
  • Millennium Annual Conference: 2012, 2016, 2018.
  • ‘”Life–or something like it?”’, Roundtable organized by Auchter, J,  ISA Annual Conference, Honolulu 2020 (tbc).
  • ‘Affect, Feminism, and Embodied World Politics’, Discussant,  ISA Annual Convention, Honolulu, June 2020 (tbc).
  • ‘“A Groundbreaking Resurrection”Public Performance and Choreographed Conflict via 1418NOW’, BISA Annual Conference, London, June 2019.
  • Army@Fringe and the Performance of War in Public’, EISA Annual Conference, Prague, Sept 2018;
  • Global Security: Noticing, under-noticing, un-noticed’, 2016 BISA Annual Conference, Edinburgh, June 2016;
  • American bodies, American boundaries: Visibility, invisibility and dead American soldier-bodies’, EISA Annual Conference, Giardini – Naxos, Sicily, Sept 2015;
  • Dead soldier-bodies and/in international relations’, ISA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, US,  Feb 2015;
  • Dead Bodies and Boundary Work: An Investigation into the American Politics of Dead Soldier-Bodies’, Junior Scholar Symposium, ISA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2014;
  • Body/Border’, ISA North East Conference, Baltimore, US, Nov 2012;
  • Bare life and the possibility to resist’, ‘Politics and Knowledge’, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham, UK, Jan 2010.
  •  ‘Diffusing, confusing or transfusing gender? The paradoxical politics and practices of the international diffusion (or otherwise) of gender’,  ISA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, US, April 2013.
  • Violated boundaries and bodies that move: The hungry bodies of Bahía de Guantánamo’, On violence, Re-Thinking Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zadar, Croatia, Sept 2013;
  • Inhumane tendencies and the politics of life and death itself: What can bodies do?’ EWIS, Gediz University, Izmir, Turkey, May 2014.

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