Dr Kandida Purnell is an International Relations (IR) and Security Studies expert with seven years of in-class and online University teaching experience.
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.
Kandida gained a PhD in IR within 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). Since then, Kandida’s research has advanced IR-Security Studies by interrogating how discourses, practices, and performances of violence, conflict, and (in)security work to (dis/re/)assemble and move bodies and how bodies may act in turn to (dis/re/)assemble regimes, structures, and logics of violence, conflict, and (in)security.
Within the current REF cycle, Kandida has so far published in International Political Sociology (2018), Critical Studies on Security (2018), Alternatives: Global, Local, Political (2015), has an article forthcoming in Critical Military Studies (2020), and has a monograph ‘Re-thinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politic‘ forthcoming (2020) with Routledge’s ‘Interventions series‘. Kandida also currently has a co-authored book under review with Edinburgh University Press ‘Advances in Critical Military Studies’ series.
Having worked collaboratively with PI Dr Natasha Danilova on the Carnegie funded ‘War Commemoration, Military Culture, and Identity Politics in Scotland’ project between 2016 and 2018, Kandida’s current solo-research project investigates ‘Bringing Bodies Back: Repatriation, War Performance, and the Global War on Terror’ and was invited to the British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship award’s second stage this year (2019).