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Claire Crawford
Associate Lecturer



Claire joined York in 2022 as an Associate Lecturer, focusing on postcolonial and gender politics. She was previously a doctoral candidate with the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. Her PhD was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and supervised by Professor Humeira Iqtidar.

Following an early career as a project manager, Claire completed her MA in Contemporary India at the King’s India Institute under the supervision of Professor Sunil Khilnani. 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 at King’s College London. She is also a member of the London-based Politics of Style Collective. 

At York, Claire co-convenes the MA in Contemporary History and International Politics, and leads undergraduate teaching in Postcolonial Politics.

For more information see Claire’s personal website or get in touch by email or on Twitter.



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 explores key themes of identity, representation and governance; putting social movement theories in conversation with postcolonial theories. 

She is currently focused on developing her PhD research into a number of publications.


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, 2022) (with Charlie Mealings)
  • Resisting Ableism: From Violence to Care, Bristol University Press (Under Review) (with the Politics of Style Collective)




  • The Politics of Postcolonialism
  • The Politics of Gender
  • Introduction to International Politics


  • Making the Contemporary World: History, Politics and Ideas 


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