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Maryam Khalid is the director of the Bachelor of International Studies program. Her research sits at the intersection of 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 the construction of 'Western' and 'Other' identities. 

Research interests

Maryam's current research projects engage with gender, sexuality, and race as processes, practices, and analytical lenses in and across international relations and global politics.

The first project focuses specifically on global governance 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 has a specific focus on how discourses of (mainstream) international governance reproduce gendered, racialised, and sexualised identities through a variety of political (and cultural) texts, with a view to identifying and interrogating 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.

The second 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. This 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 global financial crisis. 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:

  • INTS100 Cultures, Languages, and Communication
  • INTS202 Citizenship: Past, Present, Global
  • INTS304 Global Issues
  • INTS305 International Studies Internship

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Outputs 2011 2019

Gender, race, and the insecurity of 'security'

Khalid, M., 2019, The Routledge handbook of gender and security. Gentry, C. E., Shepherd, L. J. & Sjoberg, L. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 37-47 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

international relations
nation state
cold war

Gender, Orientalism, and the 'War on Terror': representation, discourse, and intervention in global politics

Khalid, M., 2017, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 176 p. (Postcolonial Politics; no. 8)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Gendered and racialized logics of insecurity, development and intervention

Khalid, M., 2016, The Palgrave handbook of gender and development: critical engagements in feminist theory and practice. Harcourt, W. (ed.). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 463-475 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

The Peripheries of gender and sexuality in the 'Arab Spring'

Khalid, M., 2016, Arab Spring and peripheries: a decentring research agenda. Huber, D. & Kamel, L. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 35-51 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

political activity
Arab Spring

The War on Terror in American popular culture

Khalid, M., 2016, Violence in American popular culture: volume 1 : American history and violent popular culture. Schmid, D. (ed.). Santa Barbara, USA: Praeger, Vol. 1. p. 265-278 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review