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Madeleine Fagan

BA (London), MSc (London), MSc (Aberystwyth), PhD (Aberystwyth)


Contact details

Email: M dot Fagan at Warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel: +44 (0)24765 23720

Office: E1.06 Social Science

Advice and Feedback hours: Monday 3.00-4.00, Tuesday 2.00-3.00

Postal address: PAIS, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


I took up the post of Assistant Professor in PAIS in October 2016. Previously I held posts in the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (2012-2016), the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (2011-2012), and the Department of Politics, University of Exeter (2009-2011). I completed my PhD in International Politics at Aberystwyth in 2009.

My research lies at the intersection of international politics and contemporary political theory. I engage with the broad theme of the politics of ethics: the ways in which different understandings of ethics can be used to justify political decisions and practices. My ESRC-funded PhD thesis explored the problem of responsibility and ethics in global politics via an investigation of the implications of prominent critical, interpretive, and non-foundational normative theories for rethinking political action. The monograph based on this research, Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism: Levinas, Derrida, Nancy, is published with Edinburgh University Press (2013).

My current research explores this ethical theory in the context of the Anthropocene and apocalytpic narratives of climate change. In particular, I seek to examine how different imaginings of apocalyptic scenarios reveal common assumptions about the relationship between ethics, time, subjectivity and political community. Initial outputs from this research appear in the European Journal of International Relations (2016) and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2017).

Recent Publications


'Who's afraid of the ecological apocalypse? Climate change and the production of the ethical subject' British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2017.


'Security in the anthropocene: Environment, ecology, escape' European Journal of International Relations, 2016.


Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism: Levinas, Derrida, Nancy (Edinburgh University Press, 2013, 2016)