Dr Angharad Closs Stephens

Senior Lecturer, Geography

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606287

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Academic Office - 207
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Angharad’s research focuses on developing critical approaches to our knowledge and understanding of nationalism. This includes understanding the way politics becomes anchored around the nation-state under modernity and engaging alternative historical and cultural understandings of politics, subjectivity and citizenship. This work was presented in her first single-authored book, The Persistence of Nationalism: from imagined communities to urban encounters (Routledge, 2013). She is now working on a number of projects engaging the role of affect, emotion and the senses in enabling and legitimising ideas about national identity. This has led to write about the relationship between politics and art, performance, dance and theatre. In 2018-19, she was recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project studying ‘National Affects: Towards a Cultural Politics of Atmospheres’. Angharad is primarily concerned with investigating different ways of understanding how we live in common, which resist a national framework.   

She has been invited to present her work in Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Japan, the United States and across Europe. In February 2019, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University, Australia. She was a visiting professor at the PUC-Rio Winter School (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) for PhD students in July 2018 and visiting professor at the Gregynog Ideas Lab (Wales) for PhD students in July 2019. She is a member of the American Association of Geographers and the International Studies Association, and she publishes across the fields of Geography as well as Politics and International Relations in journals including: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, International Political Sociology, Cultural Geographies, Emotion, Space and Society, and GeoHumanities. From 2014-17 she was assistant editor of the journal, Citizenship Studies. In 2017, she won the ‘Peer Review Prize for Excellence’ of the International Political Sociology journal.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Critical approaches to the study of nationalism;
  • Performance, art and politics;
  • Critical security studies;
  • Critical theories;
  • Creative and artistic methods;
  • Cultural and political geographies;
  • Cities and citizenship;
  • Affect, atmosphere