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Dr Klejda Mulaj

PhD in International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004)

Senior Lecturer


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I study political violence with particular reference to violence of war; crimes against humanity - genocide, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes; nationalism; state formation; intervention; and postconflict rebuilding. My latest work explores effects of genocide in its aftermath and has resulted in a volume published with Oxford University Press (2021) entitled Postgenocide: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Effects of Genocide. In other recent work I have analysed how violence of war contributes to the constitution of the political community, the result of which has been published in Review of International Studies (Cambridge University Press). Previously I have done extensive work on the causes and consequences of war/s and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in the setting of the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, results of which have been published in various peer-reviewed journals and one book entitled Politics of Ethnic Cleansing (Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, 2010). I am also editor and author of a volume entitled Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics (2010), published jointly with Hurst and Columbia University Press, which investigates conditions that give rise to violent non-state actors (VNSAs) and the correlations between VNSAs and the environment that creates and nurtures them.

          I have taught at university level since 2001, and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

          I welcome PhD proposals on any aspect of conflict analysis and postconflict rebuilding.

Recent Publications 

Postgenocide: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Effects of Genocide, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

'On State Building and Wicket Problems: Stateness, Nationhood, and Mimicry', International Studies 56(2-3) 2019.

'Violence of War, Ontopology, and the Instrumental and Performative Constitution of the Political Community', Review of International Studies 44(1) 2018. 

'Limitations in Attributing State Responsibility under the Genocide Convention', Journal of Human Rights 17(1) 2018, Co-authored with Professor Kevin Aquilina.

'Genocide and the Ending of War: Meaning, Remembrance and Denial in Srebrenica, Bosnia', Crime, Law and Social Change 68(1) 2017.

Research group links

Research interests

My research interests focus on political violence with particular reference to violence of war; crimes against humanity;  nationalism; intervention; and postconflict rebuilding.

For a list of my publications, please refer to the tab 'PUBLICATIONS'.

Research supervision

I welcome PhD proposals on any aspect of conflict analysis; interpretations of contemporary wars; genocide and other crimes against humanity; nationalism; and postconflict rebuilding.

Other information


Courses Taught

At the University of Exeter:

  • Security Studies
  • Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility
  • War and Its Aftermath
  • Intervention and Statebuilding
  • Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics
  • Security and Terrorism
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies

At the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London:

  • The Ethics of War
  • Strategic Aspects of International Relations
  • The Structure of International Society

At Goldsmiths College, University of London:

  • Genocide, Violence and Reconciliation

At the University of Malta:

  • International Terrorism
  • Nationalism
  • Contemporary Warfare
  • European Security
  • The International Criminal Court
  • Eastern Europe in Transition


Reviewer for the following Academic Journals:

European Journal of International Relations 

Review of International Studies 

International Affairs 

International Political Sociology 

International Migration 

Millennium: Journal of International Studies 

European Journal of Political Research

International Peacekeeping 

Terrorism and Political Violence 

Cambridge Review of International Affairs 

Foreign Policy Analysis

Civil Wars 

Nationality Papers 


Europe-Asia Studies 

Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies 

Journal of Human Rights

Suedosteuropa: A Journal of Politics and Society


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Member of the International Studies Association
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Nationalities
  • Member of the British International Studies Association

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