Nivi Manchanda is Editor-in-Chief of Politics, Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary, University of London and co-convenor of the BISA Colonial, Postcolonial, Decolonial Working Group. She obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). She is the author of ‘Queering the Pashtun: Afghan Sexuality in the Homonationalist Imaginary’ Third World Quarterly (2015, vol 36: 1), ‘Rendering Afghanistan Legible: Borders, Frontiers and the 'State' of Afghanistan’ Politics (2017, vol. 37: 4) and co-editor of Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Colour Line (Routledge interventions, 2014).
We are the new editorial team of Politics: three early career scholars, representing three different areas of expertise, presenting one unified vision for this flagship Political Studies Association journal. We officially take over from 1 September, but we have begun working behind the scenes already.
How the partial colonisation of Afghanistan and its ‘frontier status’ has generated discourses of state failure, and how this has led to the construal of Afghanistan as a zone of exception and of permanent crisis.