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Jess Underwood

Jessica Eastland-Underwood
PhD Student
Twitter: @DagnyReformedLink opens in a new window

Graduate Teaching Assistant
King's College London

Recipient of a PAIS PhD studentship in 2020, I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Warwick. I received my MA in International Politics and Europe from the University of Warwick in 2010 and my BA in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. I spent the last 10 years working in international corporate conferences/events before returning to academia. My supervisors are Matthew WatsonLink opens in a new window and Chris ClarkeLink opens in a new window.

Research Interests

Although my PhD research is focused on the USA, I am more broadly interested in everyday understandings of the economy and democratic action, including:

    • Everyday political thought
    • Economic ideology in everyday life
    • Race, racial capitalism and raced economic ideas
    • Protest and popular political action
    • Methods for accessing 'ordinary' political belief (rhetorical analysis, historiography, qualitative interviews, and ethnography)

    Other research experience:

    2022 - Research Assistant for Professor Mark Kleinman at the Policy Institute at King's College London, on two projects: the impact of COVID-19 on global cities and Work/Place: the changing nature of work in London.


    'The whiteness of markets: Anglo-American colonialism, white supremacy and free market rhetoric.' New Political Economy, 2022. opens in a new window (open access)

    'What was the original intent? The Tea Party movement, the Founding Fathers, and the American welfare state.' Journal of Political Ideologies, 2021. opens in a new window

    Book Review: The Pound and the Fury: Why Anger and Confusion Reign in an Economy Paralysed by Myth by Jack Mosse.Link opens in a new window

    Teaching (King's College LondonLink opens in a new window)

    Seminar tutor: Political Economy of Immigration & Political Economy of a Pandemic
    Lecture: Everyday Political Economy and Immigration
    Office Hours: please email: 

    Other Activities

      • Co-organising the 'Race, Empire and Agrarian Labour' workshop with Ben Richardson, to be held February 2023
      • Presented 'The whiteness of markets' at the 49th Annual Conference for the Political Studies Association's American Politics working group, January 2023
      • Invited Discussant for the Balsillie School of International Affairs and PAIS collaborative seminar on ‘International Development in the Long Duree’, October 2022
      • Volunteer for the first Global South Initiative Annual Conference, June 2022
      • Presented 'Raced markets and market ideology in racial capitalism' for the Annual PAIS Research Conference, June 2022
      • Presented 'Un-(colour)blinding (white) market society' for the CRIPS graduate working group, March 2022
      • Co-Founder of the Women in Political Studies early career working group
      • Co-Chair of the 2021-2022 Critical Research and International Political Studies (CRIPS) graduate working group
        • Created two new seminar series: Navigating Research Puzzles & PhD Student Papers
      • Presented 'Were the Founding Fathers Capitalists? Everyday political ideologies and the Tea Party Movement' at the 2020 Annual Conference of the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association, January 2021
      • Invited to present on the 'Politics of Economic Ideas' panel for the Annual PAIS Research Conference, June 2021
      • Invited to present 'What is Feminist Political Economy?' for the International Women's Day week for the Feminist Society at the North London Collegiate School, February 2021