Dr Kandida Purnell

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Richmond, The American International University in 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

This book rethinks the body in global politics and the particular roles bodies play in our international system, foregrounding processes and practices involved in the continually contested (re/dis)embodiment of both human bodies and collective bodies politic.


Dr Kandida Purnell has a decade of in-class and online University teaching experience in the English, Scottish, and US systems. Currently working as Assistant Professor of International Relations(IR) at Richmond, The American International University in London, Kandida has previously fulfilled the roles of Lecturer in International Relations at City, University of London, and Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations and Teaching Assistant at the University of Aberdeen.


Dr Kandida Purnell’s research takes an interdisciplinary, methodologically innovative, feminist, and de-colonial approach drawing and building on contemporary international social and political theory by investigating embodiment and society through cases including the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global War on Terror (GWoT), mass casualty events, war repatriations, (un)commemorations, performances, and resistance practices.