Nicola Smith

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Feminist political economy

Queer theory

Sex work


Neoliberal discourse


Nicola Smith's research focuses on the intersections between feminist political economy and queer theory, and her publications span topics such as sex work, body politics, obesity, austerity, and neoliberal discourse. With Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts, she edits the book series Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality for Rowman & Littlefield. In 2015 her article with Donna Lee on 'What's Queer About Political Science' was the Runner-Up for the Best Article Prize from the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and in 2021 her book, Capitalism's Sexual History (Oxford University Press, 2020) was shortlisted for the Susan Strange Best Book Prize from the British International Studies Association.

Nicola Smith teaches on global politics, international political economy, and feminist and queer theory, and in 2013 she was awarded the College of Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching and Support of Student Learning. She has supervised a number of PhD projects to successful completion and in 2016 was Highly Commended for the College of Social Science's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision. She is also Research Director for the Department of Political Science and International Studies.


PhD Political Science (University of Birmingham)
MA Research Methods (Political Science) (University of Birmingham)