Nisha Shah

May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Nisha Shah

Watson Institute, Brown University

Nisha Shah is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and a Visiting Fellow at LSE Global Governance.  From July 1, 2011, she will be Assistant Professor (International Relations) in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Nisha’s research examines the role of material objects and artefacts in world politics.  She considers how and why things such as technological instruments and geography become important political and ethical components in the historical evolution of frameworks of governance and war.  Her current work explores how and why weapons technologies become indispensible moral agents in the construction of political order, and the relationship between physical landscape and political legitimacy.  Previous work included a study of the interrelationship between the development of Internet infrastructures and aspirations for globalized political communities.  She has published articles in Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology, Political Geography, Globalizations, and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; she also is co-editor of Metaphors of Globalization: Mirrors, Magicians and Mutinies (Palgrave 2008).

Nisha has been a recipient of both Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and is a former Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellow.  She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Arts and Science Program at McMaster University.

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