Professor Moya Lloyd

Department of Government
Professor Moya Lloyd



Moya Lloyd is Professor of Politics in the Department of Government and a former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (2018-21). Her initial training was in the history of political thought, exploring ideas about the place of property in political theory. Since then her research has focused on diverse aspects of contemporary political and social thought, including the body, gender, radical democracy, the human/human rights, the question of who counts, and the work of Judith Butler. This has resulted in publications in journals such as Hypatia, Theory, Culture and Society, Contemporary Political Theory, the Women's Philosophy Review, Economy and Society, Feminist Theory, New Formations, Journal of Gender Studies, Review of International Studies, Democratic Theory, and Constellations. She has also published seven books, the most recent of which is the edited volume Butler and Ethics (EUP 2015). Her current work focuses on questions of vulnerability, resistance, and agency, particularly in relation to marginalised, dispossessed or precaritized populations. Moya was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009. Outside of the University, she has served as Honorary Secretary of the Political Studies Association of the UK (1998-2000), been a member of its Executive Committee twice (1996-2000, 2008-2009), and also served on the inaugural Executive Committee of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought (2008-2011). She has also been or currently is a member of the editorial boards of Contemporary Political Theory (since 2002), thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture (2002-2011), and Social Movement Studies (2002-2008); an editor of Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory (2010-2016); as well as a Review Editor for the APSA-sponsored eight-volume project, the Encyclopaedia of Political Thought published in 2014. Her paper, 'Naming the dead and the politics of the "human", was awarded the Best Article in the Review of International Studies Prize, 2018. She currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and will be on research leave from 1 October 2023 to 30 September 2025.


University of Essex

  • Professor of Politics, University of Essex (1/10/2018 - present)

  • Executive Dean (Faculty of Social Sciences), University of Essex (1/10/2018 - 30/9/2021)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The politics of the human

Open to supervise

The work of Judith Butler

Open to supervise

The politics of the body

Open to supervise

Agency and resistance

Open to supervise

Human Rights


Journal articles (20)

Lloyd, M., (2024). Embodying Resistance: Politics and the Mobilization of Vulnerability. Theory, Culture and Society. 41 (1), 111-126

Tyler, M., Butler, J., Cutcher, L., Milroy, T., Lloyd, M., Riach, K., Kenny, K., Al‐Amoudi, I., Guschke, BL., Harding, N. and Smolović‐Jones, N., (2024). Strangers in conversation: Judith Butler with gender, work and organization. Gender, Work & Organization. 31 (4), 1444-1462

Cutcher, L., Lloyd, M., Riach, K. and Tyler, M., (2024). Troubling/transforming working lives: Editorial introduction. Gender, Work & Organization. 31 (4), 1336-1341

Lloyd, M., (2023). Becoming visible: corporeal politics, spaces of appearance, and the Miss America protest.. Democratic Theory. 10 (2), 18-30

Lloyd, M., (2019). Whose names count? Jacques Rancière on Alfredo Jaar’s Rwanda Project. Contemporary Political Theory. 18 (3), 311-330

Brace, L., Lloyd, M., Reid, A., Staples, K., Pin-Fat, V. and Phillips, A., (2018). The politics of the human. Contemporary Political Theory. 17 (2), 207-240

Lloyd, M., (2017). Naming the dead and the politics of the ‘human’. Review of International Studies. 43 (02), 260-279

Lloyd, M., (2017). The politics of the human. Contemporary Political Theory. 16 (1), 181-184

Lloyd, M., (2015). Travelling theories. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory. 18 (2), 121-125

Coskun, BB. and Lloyd, M., (2010). Alternative futures for a multi-civilizational Europe. Futures. 42 (6), 583-591

LLOYD, M., (2007). (Women’s) human rights: paradoxes and possibilities. Review of International Studies. 33 (1), 91-103

Lloyd, M., (2007). 'Radical Democratic Activism and the Politics of Resignification'. Constellations. 14 (1), 129-146

Lloyd, M., (2006). Reply to Assiter. Journal of Gender Studies. 15 (3), 279-283

Lloyd, M., (2005). 'Butler, Antigone and the State'. Contemporary Political Theory. 4 (4), 451-468

Lloyd, M. and Thacker, A., (2005). 'Still Thinking Differently: Foucault Twenty Years On'. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics. 55 (Spring), 44-53

Lloyd, M., (2003). Mourning as Becoming. Feminist Theory. 4 (3), 343-347

Lloyd, M., (1999). Performativity, Parody, Politics. Theory, Culture & Society. 16 (2), 195-213

Lloyd, M., (1998). 'Politics and Melancholia'. Women’s Philosophy Review (20), 25-43

LLOYD, M., (1996). Feminism, Aerobics and the Politics of the Body. Body & Society. 2 (2), 79-98

Lloyd, M., (1993). The (f)utility of a feminist turn to Foucault. Economy and Society. 22 (4), 437-460

Books (7)

Lloyd, M., (2015). Butler and Ethics. Edinburgh University Press. 0748678875. 9780748678846

Little, A. and Lloyd, M., (2009). The Politics of Radical Democracy

Lloyd, M., (2007). Judith Butler From Norms to Politics. Polity. 0745654800. 9780745654805

(2005). Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power & Politics Beyond identity politics: Feminism, power & politics. SAGE Publications Ltd. 0803978855. 9780803978850

Eccleshall, R., Finlayson, A., Geoghegan, V., Kenny, M., Lloyd, M., MacKenzie, I. and Wilford, R., (2003). Political ideologies: an introduction. Routledge. 0415236789. 978-0415236782

Ashe, F., Finlayson, A., Lloyd, M., MacKenzie, I., Martin, J. and O'Neill, S., (1999). Contemporary social and political theory an introduction. Open University Pres

Lloyd, M. and Thacker, A., (1996). The Impact of Michel Foucault on the Social Sciences and Humanities. Macmillan. 1349251011. 9781349251018

Book chapters (25)

Lloyd, M., (2021). From Linguistic Performativity to Social Performance. In: Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory. Editors: Delanty, G. and Turner, SP., . Routledge. 294- 303. 0367629097. 9780367629090

Lloyd, M., (2018). 'Rethinking the Human in Human Rights'. In: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights. Editors: Schippers, B., . Rowman and Littlefield. 47- 62. 9781786600158

Lloyd, M., (2016). 'Performativity and Performance'. In: Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Editors: Disch, L. and Hawkesworth, M., . Oxford University Press. 9780199328581

Lloyd, M., (2015). 'Introduction'. In: Butler and Ethics. Editors: Lloyd, M., . Edinburgh University Press. 1- 20. 9780748678846

Lloyd, M., (2015). The Ethics and Politics of Vulnerable Bodies. In: Butler and Ethics. Editors: Lloyd, M., . Edinburgh University Press. 167- 192. 9780748678846

Lloyd, M., (2014). 'The end of ideology'. In: Political ideologies: an introduction. Editors: Geoghegan, V. and Wilford, R., . Routledge. 289- 310. 0415618177. 978-0415618175

Lloyd, M., (2014). 'Butler, Judith'. In: Encyclopaedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell

Lloyd, M., (2013). 'Power, politics, domination and oppression'. In: Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics. Editors: Waylen, G., Celis, K., Kantola, J. and Weldon, L., . Oxford University Press. 111- 134. 0199751455. 9780199751457

Lloyd, M., (2013). ‘(Women’s) Human Rights: Paradoxes and Possibilities’. In: Gender Issues and Human Rights. Editors: Otto, D., . Edward Elgar. 978 1 84980 830 9

Lloyd, M., (2011). 'Judith Butler'. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists. Editors: Ritzer, G. and Stepnisky, J., . Blackwell. 541- 560. 9781444330786

Lloyd, M., (2011). 'From linguistic performativity to social performance: the development of a concept'. In: Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory. Editors: Delanty, G. and Turner, S., . Routledge. 270- 279. 9780415548250

Lloyd, M., (2010). Judith Butler (1956-). In: From Agamben to Zizek: Contemporary Critical Theorists. Editors: Simons, J., . Edinburgh University Press. 77- 92. 9780748639731

Lloyd, M., (2009). 'Hate, loathing and political theory: thinking with and against William Connolly'. In: Democracy and Pluralism: The political thought of William E. Connolly. Editors: Finlayson, A., . Routledge. 114- 128. 9780415473507

Lloyd, M., (2009). Hate, loathing and political theory: Thinking with and against William Connolly. In: Democracy and Pluralism: The Political Thought of William E. Connolly. 114- 128

Lloyd, M., (2008). 'Towards a cultural politics of vulnerability: precarious live and ungrievable deaths'. In: Judith Butler's Precarious Politics. Editors: Carver, T. and Chambers, SA., . Routledge. 92- 105. 9780415384421

Lloyd, M., (2008). 'Performing radical democracy'. In: The Politics of Radical Democracy. Editors: Little, A. and Lloyd, M., . Edinburgh University Press. 33- 51. 9780748633999

Lloyd, M., (2004). 'Julia Kristeva'. In: Contemporary Critical Theorists: From Lacan to Said. Editors: Simons, J., . Edinburgh University Press. 135- 51. 9780748617197

Lloyd, M. and Zalewski, M., (2003). 'Sensational Moralities: Transnational innocence, purity, and danger'. In: Rituals of Mediation: International Politics and Social Meaning. Editors: Debrix, F. and Weber, C., . Minnesota University Press. 97- 114. 0816640742. 978-0816640744

Lloyd, M., (1999). 'Performativity, Parody, Politics'. In: Performativity & Belonging. Editors: Bell, V., . SAGE. 195- 213. 0761965238. 9780761965237

Lloyd, M., (1998). 'Sexual Politics, Performativity, Parody: Judith Butler’. In: Politics of Sexuality: Identity, gender, citizenship. Editors: Carver, T. and Mottier, V., . Routledge. 124- 34. 9780415169530

Lloyd, M., (1998). 'Feminism'. In: New Political Thought: An Introduction. Editors: Lent, A., . Lawrence and Wishart. 163- 183. 0853158592. 978-0853158592

Lloyd, M., (1997). 'Foucault's "Care of the Self": Some Implications for Feminist Politics'. In: Foucault: The Legacy. Editors: O'Farrell, C., . Queensland University of Technology Press. 288- 297. 1864352620. 9781864352627

Lloyd, M. and Thacker, A., (1996). 'Strategies of Transgression: An Introduction'. In: The Impact of Michel Foucault on the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Editors: Lloyd, M. and Thacker, A., . Macmillan. 1- 9. 978-1-349-25101-8

Lloyd, M., (1996). 'A Feminist Mapping of Foucauldian Politics'. In: Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault. Editors: Hekman, S., . The Pennsylvania State University Press. 241- 281. 0271032715. 978-0271032719

Lloyd, M., (1996). 'Foucault's Ethics and Politics: A Strategy for Feminism?'. In: The Impact of Michel Foucault on the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Editors: Lloyd, M. and Thacker, A., . 78- 101. 033368432X. 978-0333684320

Grants and funding


Rethinking subaltern agency

Leverhulme Trust



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