Research groups: Political Theory, Gender and Feminist Theory (GAFT) and British Politics
Major research interests
- Feminist political ideas
- Critical theory (especially Foucault, Adorno and Bloch)
- Depoliticisation, governance and the state
- Women in academia
- The politics of the body
Until recently, the main focus of Laura’s work has been on the concept of (de)politicisation, and its application to the politics of the body. This has been explored in a series of papers in academic journals and chapters in books.
Laura is a committed feminist and her published work has examined the barriers and limitations that women and other marginalised groups face in the academy.
In her current research, Laura aims to explore political commitment and to examine ways in which feelings support and sustain political individuals such as elite politicians, political spouses and partners, protest groups and movements. In this project, Laura seeks to develop understanding of enduring, intense and sustained political participation over time. An important focus of this work will be how and why political activity continues in adversity, how people maintain political commitment when goals or objectives appear unrealisable or in the face of significant obstacles – suffering, imprisonment, etc. Thus far, Laura has published an article on the topic of emotions and democratic disenchantment.