Professor Jutta Weldes

Professor Jutta Weldes

Professor Jutta Weldes
Professor of International Relations

Room G.4, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 6862

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Instructor at the University of Minnesota 1987-92; Assistant Professor at Kent State University 1992-99. Lecturer at Bristol from 1999, Senior Lecturer from 2002, Reader from 2006, Professor from 2010.


I am currently pursuing a number of research interests.

One of my primary ongoing interests is in the diverse relations between popular culture, a topic generally neglected in Politics and International Relations, and both domestic and international politics. In this area, I have pubished on such diverse topics as the legitimation of US foreign policy in Star Trek (1999), how Isaac Asimov's Foundation series reproduces neoliberal logics of globalisation (2001), the relations between science fiction as genre and word politics (2003), and how Buffy the Vampire Slayer illustrates the pursuit of security in the everyday (2012). I am currently working, with Christina Rowley, on a book about Popular Culture and World Politics. This research interest is reflected in my teaching, particularly in my 3rd-year unit entitled "Popular Cutlure and World Politics". I also co-edit the Routledge book series "Popular Culture and World Politics".

I am also interested in gender and world politics and am currently conducting research, with Eliisa Wynne-Hughes (Cardiff Universtiy) and Karen Desborough (Bristol University) on the global anti-streeet harassment movement and the governance of insecurity provied by anti-street harassment activists functioning as everyday security practitioners. With a both an ESRC Transforming Insecurities grant and a grant from the Indepenent Social Research Foundation, we have conducted fieldwork, interviews and run a workshop in Cairo with anti-treet harassmemt  activists from Hollaback! London and HarassMap. I am currently also working on a paper that combines my interests in gender and popular culture. This paper explores how the same practices of masculinity function conceptually to transform dystopian visios of both cyberpunk and neolberal glabalisation into utopian imaginaries. My long-standing interest in feminism, gender ad IR is reflected in my teching, notably in my MSc unit, core to the Gender and IR MSc, on "Feminisms and International Relations" and my 3rd-year unit on "Feminisms, Gender and IR". I am also Deputy Director of the Gender Research Centre in SPAIS at Bristol. 

My main research interests, within which I pursue these projects on popular culture and gender, are international relations and security theory and US foreign policy dring and after tbe Cold War. I am also interested in interpretive and especially discourse analytic methods. I am co-editor of the Routledge book series "New International Relations".    

I supervise PhD candidates across a range of areas, including International relations theory; US foreign policy (cold war and 'war on terror'); popular culture and world politics; gender and world politics; transnationalisation of the state; discourse analysis and interpretive methods.


I teach in the broad area of world politics and am particularly interested in the various intertextual relationships between popular culture and world politics, in gender and world poltics, in US foreign policy, and in everyday insecurities. I am delighted to supervise undergraduate, MSc, and PhD dissertations in any and all of these areas. For what my current PhD students are doing, see below.

I encourage students to learn critically in order to assess both their own preconceptions about world politics and the received wisdom generally transmitted through the media and popular culture more generally. I encourage students to delve into a variety of resources in learning about world politics, including such popular cultural artefacts as television programmes, films, news media, tourism, video games and advertising, primary sources such as government documents, and the vast resources of the internet.

I currently teach:

  • Popular Culture and World Politics (final year)
  • Feminisms and International Relations (MSc)
  • Feminisms, Gender and International Relations (final year)
  • the lectures in Thinking Poltiically (first year) on gender and intersectionality. 

In the past I have also taught units at Bristol on:

  • World Politics (1st year, 2nd year)
  • Theories of International Relations (MSc)
  • Debating Globalization (MSc)
  • Constructivisms and International Relations (MSc)

In the US I taught a wide array of courses on such topics as:

  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • US Foreign Policy
  • US National Security Policy
  • Understanding War
  • The State
  • International Hierachy

My current PhD students (all co-supervised, as is SPAIS policy): 

Nat Jester, Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Representations of UK State Identity in Reporting of the Conflict in Libya (2011-13).

Thuy Thu Mai, The Politics of Nationalism in the Vietnamese Communist Discourse.

Karen Desborough, The Global Anti-Street Harassment Movement: A Feminist Politics of Resistance.

Tilman Hartley, A Property Rights Analysis of Energy Transitions.

Karen Garcia, The Role of Gender and Poverty in the Production and Reproduction of Drug-Related Violence in Mexico.

Lenny Noor Aslan Ratin, Malay Romance Novels and the Shaping of Women’s Participation in Malaysian Politics.

Rosie Walters, Young Women's Negotiations of the UN Girl Up Campaign in International Development.

Ines Villalobos Thompson, Inequality in the Andean Region: A Critique of the Neoliberal Project.

Kate Byron, Gendered Logics and Machine Learning.

Nancy McLennan, Transnational Feminist Movements to End Violence against Women: Pathways from Protest to Policy.

Kamal Mohamed Sharaf, Representing Terrorism in Arab-language Cinema. 

Fields of interest

Theorising insecurities, popular culture and world politics, gender and world politiics, US foreign policy, the cold war.

Key publications

  1. Weldes, J & Laffey, M, 2008, ‘Decolonizing the Cuban Missile Crisis’. International Studies Quarterly, vol 52 (3)., pp. 555 - 577
  2. Squires, J & Weldes, J, 2007, ‘Beyond being Marginal: Gender and International Relations in Britain’. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol 9., pp. 185 - 203
  3. SHEPHERD, L & Weldes, J, 2007, ‘Security: the state (of) being free from danger?’. in: HG Brauch (eds) Globalization and Environmental Challenges: reconceptualising security in the 21st century. AFES-Press/Springer, pp. 529 - 536
  4. Weldes, J, 2006, ‘High politics and low data: globalization discourses and popular culture’. in: D Yanow, P Schwartz-Shea (eds) Interpretation and Method: empirical research methods and the interpretive turn. M.E. Sharpe, pp. 176 - 186
  5. Laffey, M & Weldes, J, 2004, ‘Representing the International: Sovereignty after Modernity?’. in: PA Passavant, J Dean (eds) Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri. Routledge, pp. 121 - 142

Latest publications

  1. Edmunds, T, Bueger, C, Galbreath, D, Hyde-Price, A, Kier, E, King, A & Weldes, J, 2016, ‘Editorial and Mission Statement’. European Journal of International Security, vol 1., pp. 1
  2. Weldes, J & Rowley, C, 2015, ‘‘So, how does popular culture relate to world politics?’’. in: Popular Culture and World Politics: Theories, Methods, Pedagogies. E-International Relations, pp. 11-33
  3. Weldes, J, 2015, ‘Series Editors' Preface’. in: Reflexivity and International Relations: Positionality, Critique, and Practice. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. xix-xx
  4. Pelopidas, B & Weldes, J, 2014, ‘UK nuclear interests: Security, resilience and Trident’. in: British Foreign Policy and the National Interest: Identity, Strategy and Security. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 155-170
  5. Rowley, C & Weldes, J, 2012, ‘The evolution of international security studies and the everyday: Suggestions from the Buffyverse’. Security Dialogue, vol 43., pp. 513-530

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