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Dr Margot Tudor

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My work examines historical international interventions from a postcolonial approach. My first book, Blue Helmet Bureaucrats: United Nations Peacekeeping and the Reinvention of Colonialism, 1945-1971 will be published by Cambridge University Press on 30th June 2023. It focuses on UN officials' influence on post-colonial state formation and reveals the colonial continuities of post-war international security practices. 

I am current developing projects on: 1) peacekeeping and field-based misconduct; 2) military humanitarianism in practice; 3) peacekeeping identity and hyper-masculinity (via recreational activities on the front lines).

Please follow me on Twitter: @margottudor

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Research Background

In 2020, I finished my ESRC-funded thesis, 'Blue Helmet Bureaucrats: UN Peacekeeping Missions and the Formation of the Post-Colonial International Order, 1956-1971' at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, based at the University of Manchester. My PhD was a history of United Nations peacekeeping missions during the height of decolonisation (1956-1971). It highlighted the colonial continuities and lineages of peacekeeping practices in the field by taking a comparative approach to the first four armed UN missions: UNEF (Sinai and Gaza), ONUC (Congo), UNTEA (West Papua), and UNFICYP (Cyprus). During my time at the University of Manchester, I won the Faculty of Humanities Award for Distinguished Achievement.

In June 2021, my PhD thesis was awarded the BISA Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize 2021. In November, it was announced as runner up for the British International History Group (BIHG) Michael Dockrill Thesis Prize 2021.

My article 'Gatekeepers to Decolonisation: Recentring the UN Peaceekepers on the Frontline of West Papua's Re-colonisation, 1962-3' won the ISA HIST Section's Merze Tate Prize for Best Article in Historical International Relations 2022 and was shortlisted for the RHS' Alexander Prize 2022.  

Warnings from the Archive

From January 2021-2023, I am Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Leverhulme-funded project, 'Warnings from the Archive: A Century of British Intervention in the Middle East', working alongside Dr Owen Thomas (Pol) and Professor Catriona Pennell (Hist). Our project is linked to the Centre for Histories of Violence and Conflict.

Please follow our progress on twitter @warning_archive and via our website.

Teaching Experience

I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA and have taught BA/MA level courses at the University of Manchester and the LSE.

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Research interests

My research interests are international organisations (in particular, the UN and specialised agencies), military interventions, peacekeeping operations, humanitarianism, international law, and decolonisation.

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