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Research interests

  • Contemporary political and social theory
  • Anthropocene 
  • Post-truth politics
  • Indigenous thought 
  • Labour, migration, slavery
  • Biopolitics


Dr Hannah Richter is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, where she acts as Head of Politics and International Relations. Hannah ia also the editor-in-chief of Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory.

Her research sits at the intersection of Political Theory, International Political Sociology and International Relations, and seeks to produce new insight to the urgent challenges that contemporary democracies are facing. The two challenges that her work is currently exploring are: post-truth politics and responding to environmental challenges in the Anthropocene. 

She is currently finalising two book projects, The Politics of Orientation: Deleuze meets Luhmann (SUNY Press, 2023) and Challenging the Western Anthropocene: Ecological Universalism and the Extinction of Political Action (Bloomsbury, with E. Randazzo).

Her work has been published in International Political Sociology, the European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Political Theory, Distinktion and Parrhesia

At Hertfordshire, Hannah teaches political and social theory on the BA in Politics and International Relations and the MA in International Relations. She is keen to supervise PhD projects in contemporary and critical political and social research, particularly on:

  • Post-truth politics and populism
  • Anthropocene theory, new materialism and (post-) humanism
  • Biopolitics
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Niklas Luhmann

Teaching specialisms

 Hannah is currently teaching on the following modules on the BA in Politics & International Relations at Hertfordshire:

  • 4HUM1154: Power, Citizens and the State
  • 5HUM1144: Modern Political Philosophy
  • 6HUM1190: Post-colonial Theory and Non-Western Philosophy
  • 6HUM1192: The Politics of Gender

Education/Academic qualification

Political and Social Thought, PhD, Towards a Political Theory of Sense: The Concept of Sense in Gilles Deleuze and Niklas Luhmann, The University of Kent

Award Date: 22 Feb 2019


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