Dr Nat Jester

Dr Nat Jester

Dr Nat Jester
Honorary Research Associate

11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Mad Dogs and English Men: Constructions of UK State Identity in Internet News Reporting On the 2011 Libyan Civil War

Personal profile

I was awarded my PhD in May 2020 and my PhD supervisors were Prof. Jutta Weldes and Dr Karen Tucker. I also have a BSc in Politics and MSc in Gender and International Relations from the University of Bristol.

Aside from my research and teaching, I enjoy participating in public engagement events, especially with colleges and schools, as you can see below. If you would like me to speak at your school or event, please do contact me.
Follow me on Twitter: @NatalieJester    

Fields of interest

Security, state identity, gender, discourse, digital material.

My work is located within critical security studies. I focus on the intersection of security and identity on digital platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and online news websites asking what practices of violence these discourses make possible. My work typically employs discourse analysis as method and I have an expertise in visual material such as images and videos. I sometimes publish on teaching, too, and have a particular interest in feminist methods, technology and pop culture.

Recent projects

I am currently working on a project about digital media and arms sellers/armies.

My PhD examined how UK state identity is constructed in online British mainstream media representations of the 2011 conflict in Libya. Using a discourse-theoretic approach, I drew on David Campbell's work Writing Security to show that this conflict is represented as a threat in myriad ways, re/producing the identity of the UK as a state in the process. In this case identity constructions rely upon an identity/difference binary coding the UK as positive (moral, enlightened, a leader) and Libya as negative (violent, backward, tempting, childlike).

From September 2017 to February 2018 I was the research associate and project officer on the ESRC-impact acceleration project PeaceCapacity, designed to enhance civil society capacity in peacebuilding activities. You can find our catalogue of lessons identified here, our handbook here, and policy briefing here.


For working/conference papers, please see the relevant page on my website.

Jester, N. (2020) 'Popular culture as pedagogy in the political theory classroom: reflections from higher education', European Political Science [accepted: forthcoming].

Jester, N. (2020) 'Using the Internet to Teach Politics', published on the Political Studies Association website. Please note: in order for this to be of use during the emergency COVID19 move to online teaching, I opted to publish this here instead of submitting it to a peer reviewed journal.

Jester, N. (2019) 'Army recruitment video advertisements in the US and UK since 2002: Challenging ideals of hegemonic military masculinity?' Media, War & Conflict, online-first access available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1750635219859488.

Jester, N. (2018) 'Representation within higher education curricula: contextualising and advocating for feminist digital activism', Teaching in Higher Education, 23 (5): 606-618.

Juncos, A., Algar-Faria, G. and Jester, N. (2018) ‘Enhancing the capacity of marginalised groups to make peace processes more successful’, Policy Bristol briefing 05 May.

Jester, N., Algar-Faria, G., and Juncos, A. (2018) ‘Peacebuilding and Local Ownership: A Handbook for Practice’, Bristol: University of Bristol, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1205239

Jester, N. (2017) 'Review: Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory, and World Order', International Affairs, 93(4): 978-979.

I am a former contributor for Rife Magazine for young people. My aim is to make academic ideas simple and bring them to a wider audience.

Panels, lectures and workshops

I have participated in and organised a wide variety of panels, public lectures and workshops on security, gender and/or media. For example:

  • 09/04/2019 Public lecture, The Military, Gender and State Identity, for UWE Politics and IR Society
  • 24/10/2016 Chair and co-organiser (with Bristol Festival of Ideas), 2017: War with Russia Panel with NATO's former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for Europe General Sir Richard Shirreff, Prof. Tim Edmunds, Dr Ana Juncos and Samuel Rogers. Photo credit: Julio Hermosilla.
  • 2014-present Co-creator and facilitator, Gender Research Cenre annual 'Decoding Gender in the Media' workshop with prof. Jutta Weldes. You can read the blog post reflecting on this workshop on the SUPI website

For a full list, please see the relevant page on my website.



I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises excellence and reflective practice in teaching. I was nominated for the 2014/15, 2017/18 and 2019/20 Bristol Teaching Awards, and was the HPT teaching representative in SPAIS in 2015/16. My research always informs my teaching, but sometimes my teaching informs my research and I have published on this subject in Teaching in Higher Education. I have a commitment to widending participation and have participated in the Widening Participation Schools Conference and Access to Bristol, as well as having our annual Decoding Gender in the Media workshop funded by the Faculty WP fund. For more information on my widening participation activities, please see the teaching page on my website.

I teach or have taught the following modules:

  • Sustainable Development (UNIV10001), open unit, 2019/20
  • Political Concepts (POLI11101), first year, 2014/15 - present
  • I was the first assessment marker for Dr Emma Brännlund's third year Theories and Practices of Securitisation unit (UZQNJN-30-3) at the University of the West of England in 2017-2018.
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science (POLI11104), first year, 2013/14 - 2015/16
  • Feminisms and International Relations, (POLIM11104), MSc, 2015/16
I was (2015 - 2017) also the unit owner for Gender and Social Research for the international HQRS programme as part of the award-winning Somali First initiative.
I undertake regular professional development to enhance my teaching practice. I have attended a variety of workshops, seminars and conferences on teaching methods, supporting transgender students and decolonising the curriculum in particular. For full details, please see the relevant page on my website.

Academic citizenship

To me, academic citizenship refers to the less visible, informal responsibilities we have to students and others in academia - I try to play my part:

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Fields of interest

Security, state identity, gender, discourse, digital material.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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