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Dr Stefanie Fishel

PhD The Johns Hopkins University, MA Vic.(Aust.)

  • Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • School of Law and Society
+61 754594713
Office location
Sunshine Coast

Dr. Stefanie Fishel is a senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Since earning her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University in 2011, she was an assistant professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the University of Alabama. She is a Rector’s Fellow at UNSW, Canberra (2018-2019) and has been a visiting fellow at Griffith University.

Dr. Fishel’s book, The Microbial State: Global Thriving and the Body Politic (2017), is available through the University of Minnesota Press. The book focuses on human bodies and their metaphorical and material relationship to the discipline and practice of global politics. It incorporates philosophical discussions of biopolitics and community into medical and scientific analysis to develop an embodied and material ethics of transnational, trans-species, and trans-biome collectivities and responsibility. Other publications appear in Millennium: A Journal of International Studies, Critical Studies on Security, and Critical Military Studies.

Her research interests include the gendered and racialized experiences of environmental harm; new materialism and posthumanism; critical animal studies; science and technology studies; and global environmental theory and law focused on climate change, biodiversity, and the Anthropocene.

Professional memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • Earth Systems Governance Junior Fellow


  • Rector’s Fellow, UNSW, Canberra, 2018-2019
  • Honourable Mention, The Charles Taylor Book Award, American Political Science Association, 2018

Research areas

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Justice
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Relations Theory

Teaching areas

  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Environmental Politics
  • US Politics
  • International Security
  • International Law

Dr Stefanie Fishel's specialist areas of knowledge include, International Relations, Political Theory, Environmental Politics, US Politics, International Security and International Law.

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