Matthew Abbey

Matthew Abbey


I am a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. I will also be submitting my PhD at the University of Warwick shortly. Previously, I received a BA from Monash University and an MA from Sciences Po Paris. I also have experience in knowledge exchange and public engagement, the latter including writing articles for media outlets such as Foreign Policy, the Guardian, and openDemocracy.

Research interests

My current research explores climate change, migration, and planetary devastation using a queer, decolonial lens. The project will begin by analysing the racialised calculations of risk involved in forecasting migration. The following part will explore how a range of aesthetic and cultural texts engage with the ephemerality of human-nonhuman relationships forged during experiences of migration.

During my PhD , I analysed how film, documentary, photography, and performance art disrupted the Western imperative of transparency within knowledge production on queer migration. By examining how these texts engaged with opacity, I explored the limits of representing violence, as well as the violent mechanisms through which the truth of subjectivity is pursued. I published the findings of my research in several peer-reviewed journals, including Sexualities, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Contention, Identities, Porn Studies, and Visual Studies. The findings will also be turned into a manuscript tentatively titled On Not Knowing. 

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  • PhD Sociology (expected 2024)
  • MA International Affairs (Human Rights, Methods)
  • BA International Studies (Human Rights, History)

Student education

I have taught or will soon be teaching modules on close reading, art, the climate crisis, artificial intelligence, sexuality, political violence, human rights, and media studies. I have specific interests in knowledge exchange and teaching.