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New Academic Staff - 2010

Posted on 09/08/2010

The Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Lecturer in International Relations, Dr Julia Gallager, and a new Teaching Fellow in International Relations (nine months), Mrs. Antara Datta. Both will take up their appointments on 1 September 2010.

Dr Gallagher completed her PhD at SOAS in 2009 and has previous degrees in development studies, newspaper journalism, and physics, science and technology policy. She has worked as a media planner for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a journalist and editor for the New Statesman, the Democratic Left, and Save the Children, and a communications consultant for the Trade Union Congress and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Her PhD thesis, "The Good State: Idealism and British Policy in Africa, 1997-2007," examined British state actors' conceptions of "doing good" in Africa during the Blair years. The thesis is forthcoming with Manchester University Press. Other publications include:

"Can Melanie Klein help us understand morality in IR? Suggestions for a psychoanalytic interpretation of why and how states do good," Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 38.2 (2009), 1-22.

"Healing the Scar: Idealism, Africa and British Policy under Blair," African Affairs 108:432 (2009), 435-451

Antara Datta is just completed her PhD in History at Harvard University. She has previous degrees in history and in politics from Harvard, Oxford University, and the University of Delhi. Her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Sugata Bose, it titled "(B)ordering South Asia: War, Violence and Displacement during the Bangladesh War of 1971." Her teaching and research interests centre around colonial and post-colonial south Asia with an emphasis on histories of mass violence, migration, nationalism and human rights. She has substantial teaching experience in these areas, as well as in gendered communities in the Middle East and Africa, international relations theory, and international organizations. She was awarded the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in both 2007 and 2008 at Harvard. Her publications include:

"Remembering the Fallen: the Politics of Genocide in Bangladesh," Journal of Genocide Study (in preparation), commissioned for a special issue on Genocide in Asia.

"Trouble on the Friendship Express?" Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43, No. 21, May 24-30, 2008.

"India and the Bangladesh War," Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43, April 5-11, 2008.


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