Angharad Closs Stephens is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Swansea University and author of two monographs on the politics of nationalism: National Affects: the everyday atmospheres of being political (Bloomsbury, 2022), and The Persistence of Nationalism: from imagined communities to urban encounters (Routledge, 2013).
At Swansea, she has served as Pathway leader for Human Geography for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); advanced initiatives in gender equality as Chair of the Athena SWAN Geography Self-Assessment Team (2016-2021), leading the Department to a Bronze Award in 2020; and convened the Department’s international seminar series (2016-19). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2022, she was nominated by her students and shortlisted for the Outstanding Research Supervision Award. Dr Closs Stephens is currently Director for Postgraduate Research for the Geography Department and co-convenes (with Dr Amanda Rogers) the interdisciplinary MSc in Society, Environment and Global Change.
Prior to arriving at Swansea, Dr Closs Stephens was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Durham University (2007-2015) and completed her PhD in International Relations at Keele University (2008). She has a MRes in International Relations (Keele University, 2003) and MSc in Gender Studies (London School of Economics, 2001). In 2019, she was a visiting scholar at the Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University, Australia, and in 2018, guest professor at the International Political Sociology Winter School, PUC-Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Between 2014-17, she was assistant editor of Citizenship Studies, and she is currently an associate editor for the Welsh-language international journal, O’r Pedwar Gwynt. In 2017, she won the ‘Peer Review Prize for Excellence’ for her reviewing work for the journal, International Political Sociology.