I’m Natasha. Welcome to Blogging Academia: a blog about research, teaching, and life in general as an early career academic.

This blog is a place for me to share the progress of my research in forced migration, human rights and political theory, and reflections on global events related to my research; and to share my insights/trials/anecdotes about teaching in higher education.

A little about (academic) me: I completed my PhD in International Relations in November 2015, after an undergraduate degree in International Relations and postgraduate degree in International Political Theory. My research and teaching sit at the intersection of global politics and political theory. In particular, I focus on twentieth century political and social thought as a framework for analysing contemporary issues of forced migration, human rights, citizenship and global ethics. My doctoral research explored the historical development of a distinct “refugee problem” and the international regime of refugee protection through the work of French social theorist Michel Foucault, and sought to reframe this same problem through the work of German political theorist Hannah Arendt (a book on this research – International Political Theory and the Refugee Problem – will be published in early 2018 with Routledge). My current research explores irregular migrant protest movements as nascent global justice movements, and the challenges they pose for theorising, and taking up, responsibility for injustice.

I’ve been teaching in International Relations at the University of St Andrews since 2012, first as a Teaching Assistant during my PhD, and now as a full time Teaching Fellow. I currently teach in two main areas: forced migration and political theory. I teach advanced undergraduate modules on Refugees and International Relations, Ethics and World Politics, and Contemporary Political Theory; and contribute to postgraduate teaching in International Political Theory. I also have a passion for academic skills development, and I have recently developed an interest in “action research” and how to integrate this into IR and political theory teaching.

And non-academic me: coffee-drinker; Jane Austen enthusiast; skier; avid football and rugby fan; beach-lover; travel-enthusiast (though currently with somewhat limited means); daughter, sister, and friend.

I hope to use this blog as a space for my own reflections, but also to connect with other academics (early-, mid- and late-career) and anyone else with an interest in forced migration, political theory and/or human rights. So please do get in touch if you read something here that resonates with you (or, indeed, which you disagree with).