Julian Reid

Professor of International Relations

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Political theorist, philosopher, and professor of International Relations, Julian Reid is renown for his advance of the theory of biopolitics, contributions to cultural theory, postcolonial and post-structural thought, critique of liberalism, and seminal deconstruction of resilience.  Educated in London (B.A., First Class Honours, 1996), Amsterdam (M.Phil. 1998) and Lancaster (Ph.D., 2004), he has taught International Politics and International Relations at the Universities of London (SOAS and King’s College), Sussex, and Lapland, where he has occupied the Chair in International Relations since 2010. In 2012 Reid established the very first Master’s program in Global Biopolitics in the world, at Lapland. He was Visiting Professor in Politics at the University of Bristol between 2013 and 2014. In 2006 Reid published Biopolitics of the War on Terror, and in 2009 The Liberal Way of War: Killing to Make Life Live (coauthored with Michael Dillon). Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously (coauthored with Brad Evans) was published in 2014 to wide critical acclaim. In 2016 he published his latest monograph, The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability (coauthored with David Chandler). He has edited collections on The Biopolitics of Development (with Sandro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar, 2013) and Deleuze & Fascism (with Brad Evans, 2013). He is co-editor of the journal Resilience: Policies, Practices and Discourses (with David Chandler, Melinda Cooper and Bruce Braun). He is a member of the RELATE center of excellence, based at the University of Oulu, and a member of the Advisory Board to the Histories of Violence project. His work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Finnish Academy, the Kone Foundation, and the European Union (EU). He is currently leading the Finnish Academy funded research project, Indigeneity in Waiting (2016-2020). His work has been translated into several languages including Danish, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Bulgarian. Reid travels widely, lecturing on his work around the world.

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