Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

Lecturer in International Studies, Deakin University

Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes is a Lecturer in International Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.

Sam’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, cutting across politics and political theory, development studies and anthropology. Her principal research interests are in the areas of decolonial and democratic theory (particularly agonistic) and practice in global perspective, with a focus on how minorities and marginalised groups can access, participate in, and transform democratic processes, and make effective use of their rights, particularly in relation to land. Her work deals with both empirical and theoretical issues, and focuses on the context of developing economies. Sam holds a PhD in politics from Monash University. She has conducted research in Kenya, India, Indonesia, South Korea, USA and UK, and has published widely in the areas of citizenship studies, ethnic politics, democracy and diversity, and corporate accountability.

She is author of 'Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Political Marginalisation of Kenya’s Nubians' (Ashgate, 2015).

Sam gained her PhD in politics from the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University in 2012. Before working at Deakin Sam was a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.


  • –present
    Lecturer in International Studies, Deakin University