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 working on a number of research projects.

I am the co-investiogator on an ESRC project entitled Transforming Insecurity through Nonviolent Grassroots Networks (PI is Dr Eric Herring). Security scholars and practitioners are often willing to engage with each other but unsure of how to go about it. The project bridges that gap. The research will explore these ideas in relation to three existing nonviolent grassroots networks – neighbourhood watch to prevent suicide bomb attacks in Somalia; projects to record every casualty of armed conflict in many countries across the globe; and projects to stop sexual harassment of women in the street in the global North and South. The research will examine how nonviolent grassroots relate to the state, global governance and all actors that use and threaten violence. It will also explore these ideas in relation to grassroots security actors which are seeking to network with each other across issue areas. The research is being funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council through its Transforming Social Science programme for ‘genuinely transformative research at the frontiers of social sciences’. The funding is £250,000 for the next 18 months plus an additional £50,000 for the University of Bristol to invest in fostering other transformative research projects. The project is located in the Global Insecurities Centre of the University’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

I am also particularly interested in the diverse relations between popular culture and (world) politics. In this stream of research I am currently working on two papers and a co-authored book with Christina Rowley. We are writing an article entield 'The politcs of violence and insecurity in the Whedonverse', a first version of which will be presented at the SAF/Fantasy Convention "Nine Worlds" in London, August 2013. We are also writng an article in which we theorise the diverse relationships between popular culture and world politics. This latter will form the baisis of a co-authored book on the same subject. 

A third major project examines the transnationalisation of the state in the context of neo-liberal globalisation and US empire. This project, based on two book chapters - on policing and on empire - and two recent conference papers - on the global torture system and the state's role in the transnational sex industry and sex trafficking - reintegrates the analysis of institutions, and specifically the transnationalising state, into a discourse analytic approach to international relations. I plan to write two arrticles on 'the state as a sex machine' that explore the transnationalisation of the state and policing apparatuses through the investigation of the transnationalisation of the policing of the global sex industry and sex trafficking.


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 also very interested in the state and in femninism and gender. 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 International Relations (final year)
  • Feminisms and International Relations (MSc)
  • a new MSc unuit entitled Popularn Culture and/as World Poltics

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

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

Susanne Jaspers, The History and Evolution of Food Aid in Sudan: Policy, Practice and Local Governance.

Audrey Reeves, The Political Economy of Wartime Heritage Tourism: Sensation, Consumption, and Memory in World Politics.

Ay┼če Tecmen, The Role of Tourism Promotion in the Turkish National Brand: Expressions of Turkey’s Changing Public Diplomacy Objectives.   

Nat Jester, A Greater Reflection of 'Us' Than 'Them': Gender and Orientalism in UK News Reporting on Libya.

Thuy Thu Mai, A Genealogical Study of a Hegemonic Discourse: The Case Study of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Karen Desborough,My Name is not 'Hey Baby'! The Impact of Grassroots Activism against Street Harassment of Women.

Tilman Hartley, A Property Rights Analysis of Energy Transitions.

Rasim Baghirov, Humanitarian and Cultural Aspects of the Process of Globalization as Westernization in Post-Soviet Countries.

Karen Garcia-Reyes, Everyday Life Effects of Drug-Related Violence and Narco-Culture  on Children and Young People in Mexico.

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

Rosie Walters, "Save the Muslim Girl": Gender and Orientalism in UK Media Coverage of Malala Yousafzai.

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



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 (2)., 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, 2015, ‘Series Editors' Preface’. in: Reflexivity and International Relations: Positionality, Critique, and Practice. Taylor and Francis Group, pp. xix-xx
  3. 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
  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. London: Palgrave, 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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