Dr Kandida Purnell is an International Relations (IR) and Security Studies expert with eight years of in-class and online University 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. In 2017 Kandida gained a PhD in IR within the University of Aberdeen’s Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence programme under the joint supervision of Professor Marysia Zalewski (Gender Studies/IR), Dr Andrea Teti (Political Theory/IR), and Dr Andrew McKinnon (Sociology).
Within this REF cycle, Kandida has published on the ‘museumification’ of the Scottish Soldier (Daniova Purnell 2019), grief, value, and (in)visibility in the case of American soldiers killed and wounded in the Global War on Terror (Purnell 2018), the performance of war on public (Purnell and Danilova 2018), the Guantanamo Bay hunger strikes (Purnell, 2015), and has a monograph ‘Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politic‘ forthcoming (2020) in Routledge’s prestigious Interventions series.
Having worked collaboratively with Drs Natasha Danilova and Emma Dolan (University of Aberdeen) on the Carnegie funded ‘War Commemoration, Military Culture, and Identity Politics in Scotland’ project since 2016, Kandida also has a co-authored book (‘Land of the Brave: Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland’) under review with Edinburgh University Press (Advances in Critical Military Studies series) while Kandida’s current solo-research – Bringing Bodies Back: Repatriation, War Performance, and the Global War on Terror – is ongoing and was invited to the British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship award’s second stage in 2019.