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Alice Ella Finden

Assistant Professor in International Politics

Assistant Professor in International Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 40641
Member of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 
Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study


Dr Alice Finden is an Assistant Professor of International Politics. She completed her PhD at SOAS, University of London where she carried out a feminist and postcolonial inquiry into the justification and normalisation of state violence within counter terrorism law and policy in Britain and Egypt. 

Her work examines the colonial histories and presents of counter terrorism in order to interrogate the colonial production of ‘extremist’ communities. She examines how the colonial subjugation of gendered, racialised and classed communities as ‘vulnerable’ to ‘extremism’ is central to the development of counter terrorism as we know it today. Her work has engaged decolonial feminist methods such as counter-mapping as a means to engage participants in affective ways that present alternative histories and futures. Alice is interested in investigating methods and methodologies as a means to tell us new stories about global geopolitics. 

Alice enjoys developing new decolonial pedagogical methods and is currently involved in a project that engages students with archival spaces. 

Research interests

  • colonialism and empire
  • critical terrorism studies
  • feminist and queer theories
  • post-colonial theory
  • qualitative methods including archival and interviews
  • violence and its normalisation


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