Sheila Nair, PhD

Sheila Nair President's Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Professor
Northern Arizona University
Women & Gender Studies, Director
Blg SBS West Rm #100C
Phone: 928-523-0180


  • international relations
  • international political economy
  • international aid
  • human rights
  • immigration
  • postcolonial studies
  • social movements
  • southeast Asia


PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Recent publications

  • “The State of Malaysian Studies,” Critical Asian Studies, 37:1 (2005): 161-175
  • Co-Editor with Geeta Chowdhry, Power, Postcolonialism and International Relations: Reading Race, Gender and Class. London and New York: Routledge, 2002. (Paperback edition 2004)
  • Co-editor with Shampa Biswas, International Relations and States of Exception. London and New York: Routledge, 2010
  • “Sovereignty, security and the exception: towards situating postcolonial 'homo sacer'” in Gerard Delanty and Stephen P. Turner, eds., Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory, 2011

Academic fields

Dr. Nair’s most recent research focuses on the discourses of international aid and global governance.  Courses Dr. Nair frequently instructs at the undergraduate level include:

  • POS 120 World Politics
  • POS 370 Asian Politics: Southeast Asia
  • POS 380 Advanced International Relations
  • POS 421C Human Rights Issues (senior capstone)
  • POS 482 U.S. Foreign Policy

Courses Dr. Nair frequently instructs at the graduate level include:

  • POS 552 Political Economy
  • POS 676 Area Studies
  • POS 680 International Relations Theory
  • POS 683 Human Rights in International Relations
  • POS 684 Variable Topics