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Kerry Goettlich

  • Director of Studies for the MA Strategic Studies
  • Department Research Seminar Organiser
  • Module Convenor of Global Politics and History (PO2GPH) and Strategic Studies (PIM65)

Areas of interest

I am an interdisciplinary researcher interested in the relationship between theory and history.

My current project examines the historical origins of modern territoriality. In particular, I trace the emergence of systematic border surveying and demarcation, as they emerged within the agrarian capitalism of seventeenth-century colonial North America and were globalised by late nineteenth-century empires.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising a broad range of topics in international relations theory, international history, and historical sociology, as well as interdisciplinary topics.


I hold a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, as well as an MSc in International Relations (Research). I obtained my BA from Williams College, majoring in Political Science and Classics.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD International Relations, London School of Economics
  • MSc International Relations (Research), London School of Economics
  • BA Political Science and Classics (double major), Williams College

Selected publications