Dr Xavier Mathieu

Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations

Xavier 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: NW802A

  • LP1029 Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
  • LP1030 Concepts and Methods of International Relations
  • LP1065 Introduction to the European Union
  • LP3046 International Institutions
  • LPM048 Philosophy of the Social Sciences


  • The dynamics of ‘civilised’ sovereignty: colonial frontiers and performative discourses of civilisation and savagery, International Relations (forthcoming).
  • Beyond Silence, Obstacle and Stigma: Engaging with the ‘Problem’ of Difference in Peacebuilding, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12(3), 2018, co-authored with Pol Bargues-Pédreny.
  • The OECD’s Discourse on Fragile States: Expertise, Policy Prescriptions and the Normalization of Knowledge Production, Third World Quarterly, 35 (2), 2014, 232-251, co-authored with Nicolas Lemay-Hébert.