Maryam Khalid


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Maryam Khalid is part of the Faculty's leadership team, as the Associate Dean Curriculum and Learning. She was previously Director of the Bachelor of International Studies. Her research sits at the intersection global governance, human rights, race, gender, and sexuality in global politics and international relations, with a focus on representation and identity in and across cultural and political texts. She has published on gender, sexuality, race, militarism, violence, and popular culture in relation to a range of contexts, and has a particular interest in understanding the function and impact of identity construction in popular, political, and legal discourses.

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Research interests

Maryam's current research focuses on the following areas:

  • global governance
  • international norms and legal regimes
  • gender, sexuality, and race as processes, practices, and analytical lenses

Current projects:

The failure of global governance and the liberal international system?

This project traces the development of global governance norms and discourses, both in relation to the historical (the League of Nations) and the contemporary (the UN system) iterations of the liberal international system. This research explores how discourses of (mainstream) international governance come to be and how they reproduce gendered, racialised, and sexualised identities through a variety of political (and cultural) texts. The project seeks to interrogate how representations are operationalised as discursive practices across boundaries of 'governance' and 'cultural' knowledge(s), and how these are anchored to contemporary and historical social and political systems of power.

International crises and non-Western financial systems as 'alternative' models of risk

The project engages with crises in the international system, with a focus on the emergence of 'Islamic finance' and 'Sharia-compliant' banking in the context of responses to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The project looks at how and why 'Islamic' approaches to banking and finance are considered to embody an alternative model of ‘risk’, ‘partnership’ and ‘ethical’ practice, and may, according to some, constitute a solution to the poor regulatory capacity and lack of transparency of neoliberalism that led to the GFC. Concerned with exploring the dominant narratives constructed in relation to this, the project has a particular focus on recent discussions of post-crisis Shariah-compliant banking and finance which have increasingly highlighted the potential impact of women’s economic voice in this context.

Research student supervision

Maryam welcomes PhD and MRes projects aligning with the research areas and interests listed above.


Maryam convenes the following core units in the Bachelor of International Studies program:

  • INTS1000 Language and Communication: Cultural Contexts
  • INTS2020 Citizenship, Borders and Transnationalism
  • INTS3040 Global Issues
  • INTS3050 International Studies Internship


Other teaching and curriculum development experience includes:

  • INTS2060 Screening Europe: Cinema and Identity
  • INTS7000 Critique in Language, Literature and Culture Studies
  • POIR1080 Introduction to Global Politics
  • POIR2030 Theories of World Politics
  • POIR2580 Political Violence
  • POIR2770 Revolutions
  • POIR2780 Middle-East Politics
  • POIR3220 International Relations of the Middle East
  • POIR8430 The Middle East in Global Politics
  • POIR8030 The Global Politics of Human Rights
  • LAWS1010 Introduction to Law and Social Justice
  • LAWS2060 The Politics of Human Rights Law
  • LAWS3300 Administrative Law
  • LAWS5019 International Human Rights Law
  • LEX 102 Sustainability, Science and the Law
  • ANTH1006 Drugs Across Cultures
  • ANTH1051 Human Evolution and Diversity
  • ANTH2007 Psychological Anthropology
  • Developing and implementing fully-online programs in Law and in Politics/International Relations


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