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Karen Smith

University Lecturer

Dr. K. Smith
+31 71 527 1737

Before joining Leiden University, Dr Smith was an Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (2011-2017). Before that, she taught at the University of Stellenbosch (2000-2010) and the University of the Western Cape (2003-2004). She currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Review of International Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis and Rising Powers Quarterly. Her current research focuses on non-western contributions to International Relations (theory) and South Africa’s foreign policy within the context of the role of the regional and emerging powers.

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Dr. Smith is currently supervising PhDs on the following topics:

  1. Queer IR: South Africa’s role in promoting/undermining the SOGI norm
  2. The role of the Global South in outer space
  3. The narcissistic state and world politics: an exploratory study on the applications of psychoanalytic theory and process philosophy in international relations scholarship
  4. South Africa's developmental foreign policy

She has in the past supervised PhDs on:

  1. The US policy of ‘constructive engagement’ towards South Africa
  2. US energy and climate change policy
  3. India’s role in the global climate change negotiations: a Coxian analysis


Besides her teaching at Leiden University, Dr. Smith also teaches two short courses:

Editioral activities

Dr. Smith is editioral board member of the following journals:

  • Review of International Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Rising Powers Quarterly
  • Journal of African Union Studies

Dr. Smith is series editorial board member of:

  • Rowan & Littlefield’s book series on Global Dialogues: Developing non-Eurocentric IR and IPE.
  • Palgrave’s book series on Critical Security Studies
  • Palgrave’s book series on Africa’s Global Engagements: Perspectives from Emerging Countries


University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.11f



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