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Claire Crawford
Postdoctoral Researcher



Claire is an ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow through the White Rose DTP. Her project is titled “Digital governance of social movements in contemporary India” and is mentored by Professor Sara de Jong.

Claire joined York in 2022 as an Associate Lecturer, teaching on postcolonial, gender and international politics. She co-convened the MA in Contemporary History and International Politics. She was previously a doctoral candidate with the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, where her PhD “Social movement politics: postcolonialism, feminism and the digital in India” was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and supervised by Professor Humeira Iqtidar, Dr Poornima Paidipaty and Dr Paolo Gerbaudo.

Following an early career as a project manager, Claire completed her MA in Contemporary India at the King’s India Institute. She also holds a BA in History & Italian from the University of Leeds. She has held consultancy positions at the British International Research Institutes and the Council for British Research in the Levant, and worked as a Research Associate on a number of projects. She is a member of the London-based Politics of Style Collective and a Visiting Fellow at the King’s College London Global South Research Group.

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Claire’s research sits at the intersection of social movements, digital politics and postcolonial theory.

Her doctoral project was a digital political ethnographic study with feminist activists in northern India, focused on the asserted politics of the movement. She explored key themes of identity, representation and governance; putting social movement theories in conversation with postcolonial theories.

Her current project expands on the theme of digital politics in particular, investigating how movements experience and navigate digital space. She is currently focused on publishing her PhD research and developing grant applications for a larger project on social movements and digital politics.


Selected publications

  • ‘White Skin, No Masks: Libertarianism, the UK anti-lockdown movement and freedom’, Feminist Perspectives, (2021)
  • ‘GTAs under contract: reflections on precarity, pedagogy and representation’, Postgraduate Pedagogies(forthcoming) (with Charlie Mealings)
  • Resisting Ableism: From Violence to Care, Bristol University Press (Under Review) (with the Politics of Style Collective)



Claire is not teaching in the 2023-2024 academic year. She supports the student-led Anti-Colonial Reading Group.




Contact details

Dr Claire CrawfordDepartment of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD


Claire has no Feedback and Guidance hours this academic year but is happy to meet with students, please email to make an appointment.