Dr. Laura Mills, Teaching fellow and Tutors’ Convenor


Laura Mills completed her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. Prior to joining the School of International Relations, Laura was a Teaching Fellow and Coordinator of the Institute of North American Studies at King’s College London.

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.

Research areas

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. Laura’s 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, Laura’s research engages with and seeks to contribute to contemporary cross-disciplinary debates regarding identity, difference, global governmentality, performativity, everyday practice and power. Empirically, her 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 American cultural diplomacy. More recently, Laura’s research has been exploring further entanglements of everyday life, culture, and global politics through the examination of the themes of war, aesthetics, militarism, security and counter-terrorism.


A complete list of publications and research in development can be found through PURE.


  • IR2005 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations
  • IR3031 Globalisation and the War on Terror
  • IR3051 International Relations Theory
  • IR4570 Everyday Life and Global Politics
  • IR5066 The Global Politics of Everyday Life