Dr Ash Kayte Stokoe PhD

Dr Ash Stokoe

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ash Kayte Stokoe is a Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Studies, School of Government. Ash specialises in interdisciplinary gender studies, with a particular focus on feminism, trans studies, and queer theory. Ash’s other research interests include critical disability studies, disability policy, and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and of the UK Government’s pandemic management policies on marginalized groups in the UK. Ash completed their PhD in the department of Modern Languages at the University of Warwick in 2017. Since completing their PhD, they have written a monograph, a journal article, and two book chapters. Ash has taught in French Studies at the University of Warwick and in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Ash joined POLSIS as a Teaching Fellow in 2021, and will be teaching five undergraduate modules in 2021-2022.


Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Studies

  • HEFi Horizon Award, 2021
  • PhD in French Studies, Gender and Sexuality 2017, University of Warwick
  • MA in Comparative Literature, 2012, University of Kent
  • BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature, 2008, University of Kent


Ash has an interdisciplinary academic background. Having studied comparative literature, with a focus on gender and critical theory (broadly conceived), at undergraduate and MA level, Ash joined the project ‘Queer Theory in France’, based jointly at the University of Warwick and King’s College London, as a doctoral researcher. Ash’s PhD project, which examined the theorisation and practice of drag performance, can best be situated in interdisciplinary gender studies. Ash’s PhD thesis and subsequent monograph draw on drag performers’ understandings of their work, subcultures, and identities, and argue that these perspectives show that it is possible to theorize drag in an inclusive, intersectional manner. Ash examined the policies which impacted drag performers in their monograph, and Ash’s current work continues to examine the impact of Government policy on marginalized groups. Ash aims to take an intersectional feminist perspective throughout their research.

Since completing their PhD, Ash has worked at the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham. They joined POLSIS as a PTVL in 2019 and became a Teaching Fellow in POLSIS in 2021. Ash has taught on second-year and final-year undergraduate modules in POLSIS and has supervised five postgraduate dissertations in the School of Government.


Semester One

  • Comparative Politics
  • IR Theory
  • Environmental and Climate Politics

Semester Two

  • New Media, Social Media and Politics
  • Feminist Political Ideas


Research interests

  • Critical Disability Studies, the Coronavirus Pandemic,  the UK Government’s pandemic management policies
  • Feminism, Gender Studies, Trans Studies, LGBTQIA+ subcultures


Current projects

Ash is currently developing the research for an article on the politics of ‘vulnerability’ during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Other activities

Ash has worked as a consultant for TransActual UK and Stonewall. Ash is a current member of TransActual’s Health Strategy group.


Recent publications


Galpin, C, Gwenffrewi, G & Stokoe, A 2023, 'Transfeminist Perspectives: Beyond Cisnormative Understandings of the Digital Public Sphere ', The European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 502-515. https://doi.org/10.1177/13505068231209544

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