Dr Anisa Heritage
associate lecturer in international relations, University of Kent; research fellow, Global Europe Centre

Anisa Heritage is an associate lecturer in international relations, with a specific focus on the Indo-Pacific region. She is a research fellow of the Global Europe Centre and a research affiliate of the GCRF Compass project.

She completed her PhD in international relations at the University of Kent in 2017 and has been working in the school since 2019. Her research focuses on US-China relations, order-building and contestation (primarily in the Indo-Pacific region), resilience and security.

Her thesis is entitled ‘Interpreting the Obama Administration’s Rebalance Strategy: Sustaining US Hegemony in the Asia-Pacific’. The thesis interpreted the ‘Pivot to Asia’ strategy as part of US identity construction processes aimed at consolidating and maintaining the US role as the Indo-Pacific external power. The Indo-Pacific is a dynamic and competitive regional environment, encountering potential competition for regional leadership between the US and rising powers and managing several unresolved regional conflicts.

She has previously taught undergraduate seminars in IR theory, British politics, and globalisation and world politics at the University of Kent. She has experience in lecturing and as seminar leader on the American studies programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. In 2019, Anisa was module convenor for modules on China and East Asia (foreign policy and regional relations). This year she is teaching American politics. She has recently published an article in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs on US and China competing order-building preferences in the South China Sea (July 2019) and a co-authored book with Palgrave Macmillan is forthcoming (December 2019).

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