Laura Mills, Associate Lecturer and Tutors’ Convenor


Dr Laura Mills is an Associate Lecturer in International Relations, having joined the School of International Relations in January 2017. Prior to joining the School, she was a Teaching Fellow in American Politics and Foreign Policy and Coordinator of the Institute of North American Studies at King’s College London. Dr Mills was awarded her PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. She received an MA in International Politics from Queen’s University Belfast and a BA (MA Oxon) in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

Dr Mills is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Within the University, she has been recognised as an Academic Affiliate of the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies (StAIGS) and as a member of the University’s Enterprise Education Network. Dr Mills is also a member of the Early Career Women’s Network, the Cultural Memory Research Group and the Visualising War Research Group.

Research areas

Dr Laura Mills’ research interests are interdisciplinary, drawing on International Relations (IR), social and political theory, critical security studies, critical military studies, international political sociology, cultural studies, and cultural and public diplomacy.

Dr Mills’ work explores two largely under-analysed areas of enquiry in IR – the cultural and the everyday – and argues that culture and everyday life are co-constitutive of global politics. Theoretically, her research engages with and seeks to contribute to contemporary cross-disciplinary debates regarding identity, difference, global governmentality, performativity, everyday practice and power.

Empirically, her forthcoming research monograph examines the everyday sites, practices and performances of three US cultural diplomacy programmes launched after 9/11. Challenging mainstream IR approaches to cultural diplomacy and their preoccupation with soft power, this book seeks to provide a much-needed critical purchase of post-9/11 US cultural diplomacy. More recently, Dr Mills’ research has been exploring further entanglements of everyday life, culture, and global politics through the examination of the themes of war, aesthetics, militarism, and security.


Dr Mills’ publications and research in development can be found through PURE.


Dr Mills teaches the following modules:

  • IR3031 Globalisation and the War on Terror
  • IR4570 Everyday Life and Global Politics
  • IR5036 Critical Security Studies
  • IR5066 The Global Politics of Everyday Life

Dr Mills also contributes to the following team-taught modules:

  • IR2005 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations

She has previously taught or contributed to the following modules:

  • IR3051 International Relations Theory
  • SS5102 Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences