Department of International Relations

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Dr Louise Wise

Post:Lecturer in International Security (International Relations)
Location:ARTS C C309

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876698
International:+44 1273 876698
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Louise joined Sussex in September 2017, having spent the previous two years based at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) at Queen Mary University of London. She completed her PhD at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. Her thesis developed a new interpretation of genocide in Sudan drawing on complexity theory, and Claudia Card’s concept of ‘social death’. It uncovered the multiple intersecting colonial dynamics underpinning genocide in the country, and involved extensive interviews with diaspora communities from Darfur and the Nuba Mountains. She has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Departments of War Studies and Political Economy at King’s College London, and as a Campaign and Research Assistant at Crisis Action, New York.

She has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology from Warwick University, and an MA in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London. She is currently the Chair of the Paper Awards Committee for the Theory Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). In 2017, she was recipient of the ISA Theory Section’s ‘Best Paper’ prize. Louise is Associate Editor of ISCI’s journal, State Crime. Her book, a critical reinterpretation of genocide in Sudan, is forthcoming with Routledge.


Lecturer in International Relations (Room B368)