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Sara started her doctoral programme at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of Westminster in September 2014. Since September 2015, she has also acted as Visiting Lecturer in the same department. Previous to that, she completed a BA (Hons) in Philosophy (2007-2010) and a MSc in Economics and Political Sciences (2010-2012), both at the University of Studies of Milan, Italy. She also owns a MA in International Relations and Democratic Politics (2013-2014) from the University of Westminster, graduating with Distinction.

In July 2016, she became Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy after completing the Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study (Pg Cert SS) in Supporting Learning, University of Westminster.


Since September 2015, Sara has acted as Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. She has thought the following modules:

  • 1POL415.Y Introduction to Political Theory, Level 4 (2015)
  • 4PIRS006W.Y Political Ideas in Action, Level 4 (2016)
  • SPIR601.1 Citizenship and Democratic Politics: Trends and Transformations, Level 6 (2016)
  • 1INR620.2 Ethics and International Relations, Level 6 (2016)
  • support to 7PIRS025W The Politics of Global Complexity: Rethinking Governance, Power and Agency, Level 7 (2016) - delivered 3 sessions


Sara’s PhD research is in the area of political theory and more specifically it is situated at the crossroad of biopolitics, neo-vitalism and ethics. The provisional title of her thesis is  “The Vitalisation of Norms in Biopolitics. Ethics, Singularity and Resistence”. It deals with the question of normalisation in the biopolitical literature and it combines it with the vitalist understanding of life drawn from neo-Spinozian approaches. Her further research interests comprise of contemporary perspectives of new materialisms, posthumanism, object-oriented ontology and their implications for the social sciences. 


Raimondi, S. (2016). "From Schmitt to Foucault: Inquiring the Relationship between Exception and Democracy". Democratic Theory, 3(1): 52-70.

Conference Presentations

6-9 September 2017:  ECPR General Conference 2017 6-9 September, University of Oslo Paper: "The Power of Life between Biopolitics and Vitalisms. Bridging Opposite Perspectives"

24-25 June 2016: London Conference of Critical Thought, Birkbeck Univesity London (stream-organiser, “Reclaiming Subjectivity” )

8 June 2016: Graduate Symposium “The Politics of Representation”, University of Westminster (co-organiser)

20-21 November 2015: Popular Culture and World Politics 8, University of Westminster Paper: “New Materialisms and the “ethics of worlding”. Assessing Posthumanist Ethics in Global Politics”

26-27 June 2015: London Conference of Critical Thought, University College London Paper: "Towards a Posthuman Politics? Problematising Latour's account of DingPolitik". 

21-22 May 2015: Kingston Annual Graduate Student Conference on "Philosophy, Power and Potentialities", CRMEP, Kingston University, London Paper: "A Return to Matter? Assessing New Materialist Accounts of 'Thing-power' to theorise the New Subject of Politics" 

2/4 September 2014: ECPR General Conference, University of Glasgow Paper: "An Ethics of Responsibility? 'Democratic' Forms of Exceptions in the Normative Framework of the Self-Reflexive Subject”


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.