Dr Xavier Mathieu

Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations

s200_xavier.mathieuXavier joined Aston University in September 2017 as a Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations. He holds an MA from the University of Bordeaux (Sciences Po) and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. His research interests include Sovereignty, International Interventions (the Responsibility to Protect, Peacebuilding), Civilisation and Eurocentrism, and Identity/Difference in International Encounters. In the past, Xavier has used post-structuralist theories (Performativity and Post-colonial approaches) and he is now interested in applying Queer Theory to the daily performance of identities in the context of international interventions.

Before joining Aston, Xavier was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Germany). He also worked as a research assistant at the University of Leeds and as a teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield International College.

Email x.mathieu@aston.ac.uk

Room: NW820G


  • LP1065 Introduction to the European Union
  • LP2021 Security Studies
  • LP1030 Concepts and Methods of International Relations
  • LP1031 What's Trending
  • LP3046 International Institutions
  • LPM048 Philosophy of the Social Sciences



  • Sovereign myths in International Relations: Sovereignty as equality and the reproduction of Eurocentric blindness, Journal of International Political Theory (forthcoming).
  • Critical Peacebuilding and the Dilemma of Difference: The Stigma of the ‘Local’ and the Quest for Equality, Third World Quarterly (forthcoming).
  • The dynamics of ‘civilised’ sovereignty: colonial frontiers and performative discourses of civilisation and savagery, International Relations (forthcoming), https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0047117818782612
  • Beyond Silence, Obstacle and Stigma: Engaging with the ‘Problem’ of Difference in Peacebuilding, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12 (3) (2018), 283-299, with Pol Bargues-Pédreny, https://doi.org/10.1080/17502977.2018.1513622
  • The OECD’s Discourse on Fragile States: Expertise, Policy Prescriptions and the Normalization of Knowledge Production, Third World Quarterly, 35 (2), 2014, 232-251, with Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2014.878129