Dr Megan A Armstrong

Dr Megan A Armstrong

International Development Department
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Megan A. Armstrong is a teaching fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. She is the module convenor for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development.


Teaching Fellow in International Development:

  • PhD in Politics, Newcastle University, 2015
  • BA in Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2009


Megan was awarded her PhD from Newcastle University in 2015 for her thesis titled "Overkill: The Sexualised Body in Violent Identity Politics". Her thesis 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.

Following the completion of her PhD, Megan taught in the politics and geography departments at Newcastle University from 2015-2017. She taught a range of undergraduate modules focusing on political violence (specifically genocide and terrorism), critical international relations theory and practice, and political economy. She joined the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham in 2017.


  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Critical Approaches to Development 


Research interests

  • Violent identity politics
  • Political economies of conflict and post-conflict
  • Queer theory
  • Transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction
  • Feminist security studies


Peer Reviewed Articles:

O’Branski, M (2014). “The Savage Reduction of the Flesh”: Violence, Gender, and Bodily Weaponisation in the 1981 Irish Republican Hunger Strike Protest”. Critical Studies on Terrorism , 6:1.

 Fitzgerald, James; Ali, Nadya; Armstrong, Megan (2016) “Critical terrorism studies: reflections on policy-relevance and disciplinarity”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 9 (1), 1-11.

 Selected Blog Posts:

Armstrong, Megan (2017) “A Deeply Divisive Alliance” [online] The Huffington Post Blog. Available from: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/megan-a-armstrong/dup_b_17027408.html

Armstrong, Megan (2016). “It Is Not Enough To #PrayforOrlando” [online] The Huffington Post Blog. Available from: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/megan-a-armstrong/orlando-shooting_b_10441554.html

Selected Book Reviews:

O’Branski, M (2014). Review of “Heath-Kelly, Charlotte (2014). Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the Name. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.” in Critical Studies on Terrorism, 7:3, 494-495.