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Research at St Andrews

Laura Mills


Laura Mills
Postal address:
School of International
Arts Building The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462941

Research overview

My research interests are interdisciplinary, drawing on International Relations (IR), social and political theory, critical security studies, international political sociology, cultural studies, and cultural and public diplomacy. My 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, my research engages with and seeks to contribute to contemporary cross-disciplinary debates regarding identity, difference, global governmentality, performativity, everyday practice and power. Empirically, my 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, the monograph seeks to provide a much-needed critical purchase of post-9/11 American cultural diplomacy. More recently, my research has been exploring further entanglements of culture, everyday life and global politics through the examination of the themes of war, aesthetics, and militarisation, and security and counter-terrorism.

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