Jenny Edkins is a Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester, England. She has recently published four books: the third edition of the successful textbook, Global Politics: A New Introduction, co-edited with Maja Zehfuss; the Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations; her sixth monograph, Change and the Politics of Certainty (Manchester University Press, 2019), and a collection of essays, images and poems from scholars, artists and activists entitled After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto Press, 2019), co-edited with Dan Bulley and Nadine El-Enany. In addition to her academic writing, Edkins explores fiction, poetry, autobiography, amongst other literary forms. Her poem “As it turned out” is published in Planet Magazine (235) to mark thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Jenny taught at Aberystwyth University and the Open University. Her original first degree at the University of Oxford was in physics, while her second first degree at the Open University focused on social sciences. She obtained her PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997, joining the Department of International Politics with a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship.
With colleagues at Aberystwyth, she established and taught the MA Postcolonial Politics, the MA Politics, Media and Performance, and co-founded an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, Performance and Politics international, a post-disciplinary grouping of scholars from arts and social science departments in Aberystwyth established around the intersection of performance and politics. She has published more than twelve books, including five more monographs: Face Politics (Routledge, 2015); Missing: Persons and Politics (Cornell, 2011); Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge, 2003); Whose Hunger: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (Minnesota, 2008); and Poststructuralism and International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 1999). Her focus on collaborative ventures that make space for innovative approaches and bring together those engaged in developing them includes most recently the Gregynog Ideas Lab; the highly-regarded Routledge book series Interventions; and the Journal of Narrative Politics. Edkins has contributed to NGO and UK government policy discussions on famine, emergency, and missing people.