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Kathryn Fisher

Dr Kathryn Fisher

Visiting Research Fellow


Kathryn M. Fisher's research is located primarily around intersections of security, identity, and insecurity, with existing publications including her book Security, Identity, and British Counterterrorism Policy (2015), and article (with Christopher McIntosh, 2021) "Failing isn’t an Option, It’s the Only Option: Critical Politics as a Time of Contradiction and Failure". Work in preparation includes an article on 21st century American wartime in the context of professional military education, and book on the politics of food, security, and (non)belonging.

This latter work explores how spatial and temporal configurations of identity, and assumptions of distance and difference as danger and otherness, play a causally constitutive role in convergences of security and identity. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, MA in International Affairs from American University, and BA in Geography and French from the University of Colorado.

Kathryn is currently pursuing a Diploma in Plant-Based Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu in London, has held teaching posts at National Defense University, Ohio University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is an Executive Board Member for the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution.


  • PhD International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Associate), London School of Economics and Political Science


Research Interests

  • Identity
  • Security/insecurity
  • War studies
  • Temporality
  • Food
  • Relational/interpretive research methodologies
  • Discourse

Broadly speaking, Kathryn’s research investigates the ways in which patterns of us/them boundary drawing constrain or enable security, identity, and pathways of possibility in particular ways in particular contexts. She has previously anchored such relational sociological studies in empirical analyses of counterterrorism, with current research energy focused on two primary arenas: The first being identity and security in the context of food and beverage production, representation, and consumption; and the second being work on temporality and war, in particular how wartime plays out and is of consequence in the context of professional military education.




Fisher, KM. Security, Identity, and British Counterterrorism Policy (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), p. 1-270.


Book chapters


Research articles


Policy papers



2014-2021 – National Defense University

  • Introduction to Security Studies
  • Strategic Thought
  • Terrorism, Security, and (in)Security: The B-Sides (all postgraduate)
  • Dozens of dissertation advisees

2013-2014 – Ohio University

  • Engaging Politics
  • Themes in Global Politics (undergraduate)
  • Terrorism (graduate)

2012-2013 – London School of Economics and Political Science

  • LSE 100, Thinking Like a Social Scientist (undergraduate)



  • British International Studies Association
  • European International Studies Association
  • International Studies Association
  • International Sociological Association (Executive Board Member, Research Committee RC01 Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution)