Biography

Alexandria is currently a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of East Anglia. Her research focus is at the intersection of security studies and migration studies with an interest in gender and security, and in postcolonial citizenship and security. She has published two books: the first Migration, Citizenship, and the Challenge for Security (Palgrave, 2015) provided an ethnographic study into the relationship between identity and security for people in the process of seeking asylum in the EU. Her second book, Colonial Citizenship and Everyday Transnationalism: An Immigrant’s Story, examines the experiences of a colonial immigrant to the UK between the 1950s and the 1980s, with insight into postcolonial citizenship and transnational family life (Routledge, forthcoming). Alexandria has also published research in various academic outlets, including International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Geopolitics and International Relations. Her current project focuses on illicit migration in the form of human trafficking, human smuggling, and the undocumented crossing of borders by people seeking asylum. This research engages the contention between state security and humanitarian protection in the governance of human trafficking and smuggling, prioritising the experiential knowledge of people working on the frontlines of illicit movement towards and through Europe. The project ultimately seeks to answer how human trafficking and smuggling can be governed more effectively, not only to respond to security threats but to properly identify vulnerable people and offer humanitarian protection.

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