Robbie Shilliam researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in global order. He is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question. Robbie was co-founder of the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial working group of the British International Studies Association and is a long-standing active member of the Global Development section of the International Studies Association. Over the past six years, Robbie has co-curated with community intellectuals and elders a series of exhibitions–in Ethiopia, Jamaica and the UK–which have brought to light the histories and significance of the Rastafari movement for contemporary politics. Based on original, primary research in British imperial and postcolonial history, this work now enjoys an online presence as a teaching aid: www.rastafari-in-motion.org
Currently, Robbie is working on three strands of inquiry: firstly, a re-reading of classical political economy through its intimate relationship to Atlantic slavery, with a bearing towards contemporary controversies regarding "social conservatism"; secondly, a retrieval of Ethiopianism as a critical orientation towards global order, especially in terms of its cultivation of a tradition of anti-colonial anti-fascism from the 1930s onwards; and thirdly, South-South anti-colonial connections, especially between peoples of the African Diaspora and indigenous movements.
- Race and the Undeserving Poor: From Abolition to Brexit (London: Agenda Publishing, 2018) 192pp
- The Black Pacific: Anticolonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015) 249pp.
- German Thought and International Relations: The Rise and Fall of a Liberal Project (London: Palgrave, 2009) 251pp.
- (Co-edited with Olivia Rutazibwa), The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (London: Routledge, 2018) 460pp.
- (Co-edited with Quynh Pham), Meanings of Bandung: Postcolonial Orders and Decolonial Visons (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016) 240pp.
- (Co-edited with Alex Anievas and Nivi Manchanda): Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Colour Line (London: Routledge, 2014) 218pp.
- International Relations and Non-Western Thought: Imperialism, Colonialism and Investigations of Global Modernity (London: Routledge, 2010) 268pp.
- Co-edited (with Gurminder Bhambra): Silencing Human Rights: Critical Approaches to a Contested Project (London: Palgrave, 2008)