Dr Naomi Head

  • Senior Lecturer (Politics)

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow.  Prior to joining the University of Glasgow I previously held positions at the University of Leeds where I was a Lecturer (2008-9) and Aberystwyth University where I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-10).

In 2019 I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on the project 'Empathy under Fire: 'Hearts and Minds' and the Politics of Empathy'. My research explores the politics of empathy and emotions in contexts of occupation and war, and I am currently focusing on the Human Terrain System adopted by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan along with a wider focus on the relationship between culture and counterinsurgency. Previous research has focused on NATO’s intervention in Kosovo, communicative ethics, and the legitimacy of the use of force in the Security Council, the emotional dynamics of the Iranian nuclear issue, and the dynamics of empathy in non-violent resistance movements in Israel/Palestine.

I am also an Honorary Research Fellow in Communication and Conflict at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham and the co-founder and convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Emotions in Politics and International Relations.


Research interests

My research focuses on the following areas:

  • The politics of empathy and emotions
  • Narratives of conflict
  • Critical social and international political theory
  • Counterinsurgency, humanitarianism, and the use of force
  • Conflict transformation, mediation and non-violence
  • Critical pedagogies

 


Publications

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Jump to: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008
Number of items: 21.

2020

Head, N. (2020) Sentimental politics or responding to structural injustice? The ambivalence of emotions for political responsibility. International Theory, (doi: 10.1017/S175297192000007X) (Early Online Publication)

Head, N. (2020) A “pedagogy of discomfort”? Experiential learning and conflict analysis in Israel-Palestine. International Studies Perspectives, 21(1), pp. 78-96. (doi: 10.1093/isp/ekz026)

2019

Beattie, A. R., Eroukhmanoff, C. and Head, N. (2019) Introduction: interrogating the ‘everyday’ politics of emotions in international relations. Journal of International Political Theory, 15(2), pp. 136-147. (doi: 10.1177/1755088219830428)

Head, N. (2019) Contesting emotional governance: Empathy under fire in the Israeli public sphere during Operation Protective Edge. In: Koschut, S. (ed.) The Power of Emotions in World Politics. Series: Intervention Series. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

2018

Matthies-Boon, V. and Head, N. (2018) Trauma as counter-revolutionary colonisation: narratives from (post)revolutionary Egypt. Journal of International Political Theory, 14(3), pp. 258-279. (doi: 10.1177/1755088217748970)

2016

Head, N. (2016) Costly encounters of the empathic kind: a typology. International Theory, 8(1), pp. 171-199. (doi: 10.1017/S1752971915000238)

Head, N. (2016) The failure of empathy: European responses to the refugee crisis. Open Democracy, 18 Feb.

Head, N. (2016) A politics of empathy: encounters with empathy in Israel and Palestine. Review of International Studies, 42(1), pp. 95-113. (doi: 10.1017/S0260210515000108)

2014

Head, N. (2014) Some are more equal than others: responses to political violence. Open Democracy, 2015, Jul 30.

2013

Head, N. (2013) Justifying violence: communicative ethics and the use of force in Kosovo. e-International Relations,

Head, N. (2013) Tango: the intimate dance of conflict transformation. Open Democracy,

2012

Head, N. (2012) Justifying Violence: Communicative Ethics and the Use of Force in Kosovo. Series: New approaches to conflict analysis. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719083075

Head, N. (2012) Transforming relations with Iran: the missing dimension of the 'moral imagination'. Interventions, 1(2), pp. 1-3.

Head, N. (2012) Transforming conflict: trust, empathy, and dialogue. International Journal of Peace Studies, 17(2), pp. 33-55.

Head, N. (2012) The contribution of trust, empathy, and dialogue: talking to Iran. International Studies Today, 2(1), p. 9.

2010

Boon, V. and Head, N. (2010) Critical theory and the language of violence: exploring the issues. Journal of Global Ethics, 6(2), pp. 79-87. (doi: 10.1080/17449626.2010.494355)

Head, N. (2010) Bringing reflective judgement into International Relations: Genocide in Rwanda. Journal of Global Ethics, 6(2), pp. 191-204. (doi: 10.1080/17449626.2010.494365)

Ralph, J., Head, N. and Lightfoot, S. (2010) Pol-casting: the use of podcasting in the teaching and learning of Politics and International Relations. European Political Science, 9(1), pp. 13-24. (doi: 10.1057/eps.2009.38)

2009

Ralph, J., Head, N. and Lightfoot, S. (2009) Engaging students beyond the classroom: the experience of a podcasting project. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 1(3),

2008

Head, N. (2008) Critical theory and its practices: Habermas, Kosovo and International Relations. Politics, 28(3), pp. 150-159. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2008.00324.x)

Head, N. (2008) Review of: Taylor B. Seybolt, Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure. Civil Wars, 10(2), pp. 196-198. (doi: 10.1080/13698240802062895)[Book Review]

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Number of items: 21.

Articles

Head, N. (2020) Sentimental politics or responding to structural injustice? The ambivalence of emotions for political responsibility. International Theory, (doi: 10.1017/S175297192000007X) (Early Online Publication)

Head, N. (2020) A “pedagogy of discomfort”? Experiential learning and conflict analysis in Israel-Palestine. International Studies Perspectives, 21(1), pp. 78-96. (doi: 10.1093/isp/ekz026)

Beattie, A. R., Eroukhmanoff, C. and Head, N. (2019) Introduction: interrogating the ‘everyday’ politics of emotions in international relations. Journal of International Political Theory, 15(2), pp. 136-147. (doi: 10.1177/1755088219830428)

Matthies-Boon, V. and Head, N. (2018) Trauma as counter-revolutionary colonisation: narratives from (post)revolutionary Egypt. Journal of International Political Theory, 14(3), pp. 258-279. (doi: 10.1177/1755088217748970)

Head, N. (2016) Costly encounters of the empathic kind: a typology. International Theory, 8(1), pp. 171-199. (doi: 10.1017/S1752971915000238)

Head, N. (2016) The failure of empathy: European responses to the refugee crisis. Open Democracy, 18 Feb.

Head, N. (2016) A politics of empathy: encounters with empathy in Israel and Palestine. Review of International Studies, 42(1), pp. 95-113. (doi: 10.1017/S0260210515000108)

Head, N. (2014) Some are more equal than others: responses to political violence. Open Democracy, 2015, Jul 30.

Head, N. (2013) Justifying violence: communicative ethics and the use of force in Kosovo. e-International Relations,

Head, N. (2013) Tango: the intimate dance of conflict transformation. Open Democracy,

Head, N. (2012) Transforming relations with Iran: the missing dimension of the 'moral imagination'. Interventions, 1(2), pp. 1-3.

Head, N. (2012) Transforming conflict: trust, empathy, and dialogue. International Journal of Peace Studies, 17(2), pp. 33-55.

Head, N. (2012) The contribution of trust, empathy, and dialogue: talking to Iran. International Studies Today, 2(1), p. 9.

Boon, V. and Head, N. (2010) Critical theory and the language of violence: exploring the issues. Journal of Global Ethics, 6(2), pp. 79-87. (doi: 10.1080/17449626.2010.494355)

Head, N. (2010) Bringing reflective judgement into International Relations: Genocide in Rwanda. Journal of Global Ethics, 6(2), pp. 191-204. (doi: 10.1080/17449626.2010.494365)

Ralph, J., Head, N. and Lightfoot, S. (2010) Pol-casting: the use of podcasting in the teaching and learning of Politics and International Relations. European Political Science, 9(1), pp. 13-24. (doi: 10.1057/eps.2009.38)

Ralph, J., Head, N. and Lightfoot, S. (2009) Engaging students beyond the classroom: the experience of a podcasting project. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 1(3),

Head, N. (2008) Critical theory and its practices: Habermas, Kosovo and International Relations. Politics, 28(3), pp. 150-159. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2008.00324.x)

Books

Head, N. (2012) Justifying Violence: Communicative Ethics and the Use of Force in Kosovo. Series: New approaches to conflict analysis. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719083075

Book Sections

Head, N. (2019) Contesting emotional governance: Empathy under fire in the Israeli public sphere during Operation Protective Edge. In: Koschut, S. (ed.) The Power of Emotions in World Politics. Series: Intervention Series. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

Book Reviews

Head, N. (2008) Review of: Taylor B. Seybolt, Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure. Civil Wars, 10(2), pp. 196-198. (doi: 10.1080/13698240802062895)[Book Review]

This list was generated on Fri May 29 15:58:59 2020 BST.

Grants

Leverhulme Research FellowshipEmpathy under Fire: 'Hearts and Minds' and the Politics of Empathy (January 2019 - December 2019)

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Prospects for Conflict Transformation?Non-violence and civil society organisations in Israel and Palestine, Small Research Grant (July 2013)  http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/politics/projects/prospects%20for%20conflict%20transformation/

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Transforming Conflict: Trust, Empathy, Dialogue and the Iranian nuclear crisis, Small Research Grant (July 2011)

ESRC  Postdoctoral Fellowship: Conflict, Dialogue and Ethics in International Relations: From the responsibility to Protect to the Responsibility to Discuss? (September 2009-August 2010)


Supervision

Current PhD students:

Alex Maxwell: 'Post-conflict recovery in Gulu (North Ugandan Acholiland): Examining the impact of ex-combatant re-integration interventions on the coping strategies of communities, their social capital and the state of civil society'.

Michael Wolven: 'A History of Humanitarian Evacuations' (Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship)

 

I welcome applications from prospective doctoral students interested in pursuing research in my areas of interest.


Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East (Honours)
  • Israel/Palestine (Honours) 

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Humanitarian Intervention: Civilians or Sovereignty?

Additional information

Professional activities

2020-2022: Elected Trustee, British International Studies Association

2018 - present: Co-founder and Co-convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Emotions in Politics and International Relations

Teaching awards

2018: Winner of the British International Studies Association Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize

2017: Winner of University of Glasgow Student Teaching Award for ‘Highly Innovative Teaching’

2016: Winner of College of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, University of Glasgow

2016: Winner of University of Glasgow Student Teaching Award for ‘Best Focus on International Opportunities’

Other Roles

Director of the Olive Tree Initiative (UoG)

Advisor of Studies