Kira Huju

Departmental Lecturer in International Relations
International Relations Network
St Antony's College
Office address
Room 164, Manor Road Building, Manor Road

My work revolves around a critical reading of cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitans. I am currently working on a monograph entitled The Cosmopolitan Elite Revisited: Indian Diplomats and the Hierarchies of Belonging, which narrates the birth, everyday life, and fracturing of a Western-dominated international order from its margins. Through a sociological examination of the Indian Foreign Service, I revisit what it takes to belong among the “cosmopolitan elite” in international society and ask what the experience of historically marginalized actors inside the diplomatic club can tell us about the evident woes of international order today.

In my role as Departmental Lecturer in International Relations, I teach classes for The Development of the International System and Contemporary Debates in International Relations Theory (MPhil in International Relations), the Modern South Asian Studies Core Course (MSc/MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies), Research Design and Methods (MPhil in International Relations), and the Research Design Proposal Workshop (MPhil in International Relations). I co-convene the doctoral research seminar (DPhil in International Relations/Politics) and convene the undergraduate option paper Politics in South Asia (BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). I also supervise MPhil students.

Previously, I was a Departmental Lecturer in the International Relations of South Asia, a joint post held between DPIR and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), where I still teach and supervise graduate students. Between 2015 and 2021, I received my MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from DPIR, University of Oxford, as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar. Outside of Oxford, I have been associated with the New Delhi office of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in India and the Global Governance Unit at Wissenschaftliches Zentrum für Sozialforschung Berlin (WZB) in Germany.