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Shannon Mathieu

Teaching Fellow in International Relations and Security

Office E1.24


Advice and feedback hours

IN PERSON: Thursday, 10:30-11:30 am (office E1.24 in the Social Sciences Building)

ONLINE: Friday, 3:30-4:30 pm (via Microsoft Teams)

Please use the online booking form to arrange meetings.


I completed my PhD in PAIS in 2020, and I'm excited to be back in the role of Teaching Fellow. Prior to my PhD, I completed an MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in International and European Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • International security
  • Feminist IR theory
  • The United Nations
  • Humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
  • Discourses of protection and vulnerability in UN policy language
  • Non-military masculinities in UN language and institutional culture


For the 2023-24 academic year I'll be teaching PO231: International Security and PO382: Vigilant State: Understanding Secret Intelligence.

Publications and Conference Papers

(In progress) ‘Vulnerability within the gates: R2P and gendered vulnerability in UN protection narratives’

(In progress) ‘Failures to protect: gendered vulnerability and masculine burdens in UN interventions’

‘UN vulnerabilities in international interventions’, Conference on the Responsibility to Protect and Gender, University of Leeds, Leeds, June 2019

‘Gendered interventions, the Responsibility to Protect and United Nations legitimacy’, 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association (EISA), Prague, September 2018

‘Protection and vulnerability in international interventions’, 43rd British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Bath, June 2018