Jenny Edkins has recently published four books: the third edition of the successful textbook, Global Politics: A New Introduction, co-edited with Maja Zehfuss; the Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations; her sixth monograph, Change and the Politics of Certainty (Manchester University Press, 2019), available on open access; and a collection of essays, images and poems from scholars, artists and activists entitled After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto Press, 2019), co-edited with Dan Bulley and Nadine El-Enany and first reviewed here. She is currently working on a co-edited volume with Policy Press, When This Is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic, which takes stock of the inequalities, injustices and tensions of the UK's pandemic politics.
She has published twelve other books, including five more monographs: Face Politics (Routledge, 2015); Missing: Persons and Politics (Cornell, 2011); Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge, 2003); Whose Hunger: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (Minnesota, 2008); and Poststructuralism and International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 1999).
In addition to her academic work, she is a published poet. Her first poem, 'As it turned out' appeared in Planet Magazine (235) to mark thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and others have appeared in Acumen, Contexto Internacional, Journal of Narrative Politics, Ink Sweat & Tears, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and Notes and Records among others.
Her focus, aside from her own research, is on collaborative ventures that make space for innovative approaches and bring together those engaged in developing them, including most recently the Gregynog Ideas Lab; the highly-regarded Routledge book series Interventions; and the Journal of Narrative Politics. She has contributed to NGO and UK government policy discussions on famine, emergency and missing people. In 2013, she talked about her work in an interview with Stuart Elden. The collaborative work with activists, poets, photographers and academics that led to After Grenfell was particularly challenging and productive.
Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Jenny taught at Aberystwyth University and the Open University. Her original first degree at the University of Oxford was in physics, with specialisms in nuclear and solid state physics. Between 1985 and 1993 she studied for a second first degree at the Open University, this time in the social sciences, and the courses she took there with Stuart Hall continue to inspire her work. She obtained her PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997, and her first academic post was a one-year temporary lectureship at the University of Manchester. In 1997, she joined the Department of International Politics at Aberystywth University with a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship. She was appointed to a personal chair in Aberystwyth in 2004. With colleagues at Aberystwyth, she established and taught the MA Postcolonial Politics from 1999-2016 and the MA Politics, Media and Performance from 2013-2018, and co-founded an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, Performance and Politics international. She left to return to the University of Manchester in 2018. She was awarded the British International Studies Association Distinguished Contribution Prize in 2021.