Dr Kandida Purnell

Associate Professor of International Relations

Richmond, American University London

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Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, and The Body Politic in a Time of Pandemic

Kandida Purnell · 2021 · Routledge

A tour de force of contemporary debates in IR – including on emotion, affect, the body, embodiment, necropolitics, ontological security, & auto-ethnography‘ (Professor Sophie Harman)

When This Is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic

Amy Cortvriend, Lucy Easthope, Jenny Edkins, & Kandida Purnell · 2023 · Bristol University Press, Policy Press

Listen to Kandida Purnell and Lucy Easthope discussing ‘When This Is Over’ on the Transforming Society Podcast.


Dr Kandida Purnell’s research focuses on body politics and the embodiment of (local-)global politics through cases including the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global War on Terror (GWoT), performances of war, resistance practices, and processes of repatriation and commemoration.


Dr Kandida Purnell is an Associate Professor of International Relations (IR) at Richmond, The American International University in London, Kandida has previously worked as a Lecturer in International Relations at City, University of London, and Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations and Teaching Assistant in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.