Dr Clara Eroukhmanoff

Educational background

PhD (International Relations) - University of St Andrews

Msc (International Security) - University of Bristol

BA (History and IR) - University of the West of England

Personal profile

Clara obtained her PhD from the school of International Relations at the University of St Andrews on the securitisation of Islam post-9/11 in the US. She has published in International Studies Review and the journal of Critical Studies on Terrorism, and has two forthcoming chapters on diplomatic security and methodologies to study emotions in IR.

Prior to joining Royal Holloway, Clara was teaching US Foreign Policy at the University of Edinburgh and was editorial assistant of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. Clara was also a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge on a project entitled "Media, Faith and Security: Protecting Freedom of Expression in Religious Contexts" with Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian. This project was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration grant which enabled Cambridge-generated research on the nexus between free expression, community security, and practices of belief to be shared with British law-makers, faith leaders and representatives from both British and Middle Eastern media for use in policy, reporting and scholarly output.




Research interests

Broadly speaking, Clara's research area includes critical security and terrorism studies, securitisation theory, US Foreign policy, the linguistic turn, critical constructivism and the role of religion in IR. Clara is currently working on her book proposal on the indirect securitisation of Islam in the US post 9/11. It explores the ways in which Islam has been securitised in the absence of securitising speech acts. Drawing on John Searle, the book seeks to develop the notion of indirect securitisations.

Clara's other research interests focus on the emotional and visual turns.  The research looks at the entanglement between solidarity and security in the various visual responses to terrorist attachs such as #JesuisCharlie #JesuisParis and #IamBrussels. 




PR3370 Defence in the post Cold War World

PR3620 US Foreign Policy



PR5937 Understanding Defence

PR5939 Non-state violence as a challenge to security

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