The IR thought of Claudia Jones: Prof Patricia Owens

Claudia Jones was a Trinidad-born journalist and activist. A prominent feminist and communist, her best-known writing is “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!”, which reflects what would come to be known as intersectional analysis. She was deported from the United States, where she had living since she was a child, in 1955 for her political activities. She moved to Britain, where she started the UK’s first major black newspaper, West Indian Gazette, in 1958. This was a major contributor to the rise of consciousness within the
Black British community. Jones is perhaps best remembered as the founder of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Patricia Owens is Professor in International Relations at the University of Sussex and Director of the Leverhulme Research Project, Women and the History of International Thought. The project is the first effort to write women into the history of IR and international thought. She specialises in international theory and the history and theory of war. Her most recent book, Economy of Force (Cambridge University Press, 2015) won several prizes for the best book in international studies.