Dr Natasha Saunders, Teaching fellow


Dr Saunders completed an ESRC-funded PhD in the School of International Relations in 2015, after gaining an MLitt in International Political Theory and an undergraduate degree in International Relations. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and the Associate Editor of the Journal of International Political Theory.

Research areas

Dr Saunders’ research sits at the intersection of global politics and political theory, focusing on contemporary social and political thought as a framework for analysing pressing global issues. She has a particular interest in issue of forced migration, human rights, and citizenship, and in conceptualisations of, and questions about, political responsibility, social justice, political subjectivity, and ‘decolonising’ political theory.

While interested in a range of traditions in international political theory, Dr Saunders has a particular interest in the work of Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Iris Marion Young and Judith Butler. Her research areas include:

  • contemporary political theory
  • forced migration
  • human Rights
  • responsibility and justice
  • political subjectivity. 


Please see my Pure research profile for the updated publications information.


Dr Saunders teaches the following Honours level modules:

  • IR3011 Ethics and World Politics
  • IR3065 Refugees and International Relations
  • IR4565 Contemporary Political Theory

Dr Saunders also contributes to the following modules:

  • IR2005 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations
  • IR2006 Issues in International Relations
  • IR5401 Texts in International Political Theory