Dr Megan Armstrong

Humanities and Social Science

Megan joined Liverpool John Moores University as a Lecturer in International Relations and International Politics in September 2019. Previously, she held positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Birmingham, and Newcastle University.

Her doctoral research developed a conceptual framework for understanding the abject violence that emerges in some cases of violent identity politics through an examination of the brutalisation and the weaponisation of the body. She is revisiting this work for revision as a monograph.

Her research asks two broad questions: 1. what makes violence possible? and 2. what makes peace sustainable? She explores how gender and sexuality inform, and are informed by, the continuum of violence in pre-conflict, conflict, and post-conflict.

Her ongoing research is located at the intersection of critical international relations theory and feminist security studies, and her research interests include violent identity politics, everyday securitisations and counter-terrorisms, queer international relations, and critical military studies. Recent research interests have further included gendered and sexualised processes of bordering, and migration.


Newcastle University, United Kingdom, PhD

Academic appointments

Lecturer in International Relations and International Politics, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
LSE Fellow in Gender and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2018 - 2019
Teaching Fellow in International Development, University of Birmingham, 2017 - 2018
Teacher in Politics, Newcastle University, 2015 - 2017

Journal article

da Silva R, Fontana G, Armstrong MA. 2021. 'It's about keeping children safe, not spying': A governmentality approach to Prevent in primary education BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, 24 :259-276 DOI Author Url

Murray CRG, Armstrong MA. 2021. A Mobile Phone in One Hand and Erskine May in the Other: The European Research Group's Parliamentary Revolution PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS, DOI Author Url

Armstrong MA. 2019. 'A Nation Reborn': Right to Law and Right to Life in The Purge Franchise JOURNAL OF INTERVENTION AND STATEBUILDING, 13 :377-392 DOI Author Url

O’Branski MA. 2014. “The savage reduction of the flesh”:1violence, gender and bodily weaponisation in the 1981 Irish Republican hunger strike protest Critical Studies on Terrorism, 7 :97-111 DOI


da Silva R, Fontana G, Armstrong MA. 2020. Enacting the Prevent Duty in Primary Schools The Prevent Duty in Education :99-115 Springer International Publishing 9783030455583 DOI


Fitzgerald J, Ali N, Armstrong MA. 2018. Terrorism and Policy Relevance Critical Perspectives Routledge 9781351716574