Kirsten Campbell

Kirsten is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she teaches sociology of law, gender, and social theory. She is also Head of the Global Justice Research Unit.

Kirsten’s current research, The Justice of Humans: Humanitarian Crimes and the Laws of War , develops a new social theory to explain and judge war crimes, focusing upon the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Kirsten’s research in the area of social theory and humanitarian law has been published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Social and Legal Studies, Signs, and the Journal of Human Rights.

This work builds upon two funded research projects. The first project, Regulating Armed Conflict: From The Laws Of War To Humanitarian Law, examined contemporary models of the legal regulation of armed conflict, and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The second research project, The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law, was an international collaborative project with Dr Sari Wastell, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths and Dr Hannah Starman, Institute of Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, and was funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation.

Kirsten’s current research develops her earlier work on subjectivity and social change. Her book, Jacques Lacan and Feminist Epistemology, developed a social theory of feminist transformations of gendered subjects and social relations. Her research in this area has been published in various edited collections and journals, such as Economy and Society, Hypatia, and the International Journal of Sexuality and Gender.