Kendall Gardner

Political Theory Network
Magdalen College
DPhil Politics
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Kendall is a Marshall Scholar from the United States and a second-year DPhil in Politics candidate at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research is in political theory, focusing on the relationship between climate-related land loss and liberalism. Specifically, she employs a critical methodology to challenge liberal theories of property and sovereignty through a "destabilised" land variable. Kendall is a member of the Just Climate Transitions Network based at the University of Potsdam. In 2021, Kendall obtained her MSc in Political Thought at SOAS, University of London. Previously, she resided in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she graduated from Tulane University with degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies. Before returning to academia, she spent a year as an immigration paralegal, aiding clients in New Orleans on family-based, humanitarian, and asylum cases.


Her core research interests include:

  • settler colonialism
  • critical theory
  • liberal imperialism
  • climate change
  • theories of land access, use, and value


Kendall leads undergraduate tutorials for Paper 297: Special Subject in Politics: Feminist Theory. She is also supervising an undergraduate thesis in this field of study.


Kendall speaks French (professional proficiency) and Arabic (intermediate proficiency)