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Dr Kavi Abraham

Assistant Professor in International Relations

Assistant Professor in International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 45653
Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study 


Kavi joseph Abraham joined SGIA as an Assistant Professor in International Relations in Fall 2020. Prior to coming to Durham, he held a visiting position in Global Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

Situated at the intersection of political theory and IR, Dr Abraham's research examines pragmatist political and social theory and the contributions it can add to discussions of global governance and democracy. His current project genealogically examines the production of a novel democratic subject, the stakeholder, and how this figure has reoriented democratic practice in a variety of institutional spaces. 

Dr Abraham has further interests in race and Eurocentrism in the practice of theorizing, genealogies of (neo)liberalism, and postcolonial critiques of liberal violence.

Research interests

  • Democracy
  • Global Governance
  • IR Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Pragmatism
  • Race