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Political theorist, philosopher, and professor of International Relations, Julian Reid is known 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 Research Fellow at Virginia Tech in 2017 and Visiting Professor in Politics at the University of Bristol in 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 and 2019 he published two monographs with David Chandler, The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Becoming Indigenous: Governing Imaginaries in the Anthropocene. He has edited collections on The Biopolitics of Development (with Sandro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar, 2013) and Deleuze & Fascism (with Brad Evans, 2013). He has co-edited the journal Resilience: Policies, Practices and Discourses (with David Chandler, Melinda Cooper and Bruce Braun). His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Finnish Academy, the Kone Foundation, NORDFORSK, and the European Union (EU). His work has been translated into several languages including Hungarian, Danish, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Bulgarian. 

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  • International political science

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