Philippa Mullins

Assistant Professor

Dr Philippa Mullins is an Assistant Professor teaching on the MA in Human Rights and Social Justice at AUA’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on disability, civil society, and social movements. She has a strong interest in participatory and non-oppressive research methods. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE) International Inequalities Institute and at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Disability Studies.

Prior to joining AUA, Philippa completed her PhD in Social Policy at the LSE. Her research was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and recognised by the LSE’s Titmuss Prize for outstanding PhD Thesis in Social Policy (2021/22). The thesis looked at disability organising in contemporary Russia, particularly exploring notions of vulnerability and resistance.

Philippa is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She held a 2021-2022 Fellowship in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at LSE's Eden Centre for Education Enhancement. She has also taught as a Visiting Scholar on the Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice.

Higher Education: 

  • 2022, PhD in Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • 2015, MSc in Social Policy (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • 2012, BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian), University of Oxford, UK


Courses Taught:

  • Theories of Social Justice and Community Engagement
  • Justice, Knowledge, and Change
  • Foundations of Social Science Research Methods
  • Social Justice and Identity
  • Human Rights Clinic (research track)
  • MA Thesis Supervision


Selected Publications (articles and book chapters):

  • Mullins, P. (2023), ‘I don’t feel like a classic rights defender’: Rights Subjectivities and Disidentification in Russian Disability Organising,’ Voluntary Sector Review, online ahead of print, 1–24.
  • Levina, A., Tselovatova, M., Mullins, P. (2023), ‘ Invalidnost’. Feminizm/Women. Disability. Feminism: Claiming Ourselves Against Ableism’, in The Routledge International Handbook of Disability Human Rights Hierarchies, eds. Meyers, S., McCloskey, M., Petri, G., pp. 460-474, Routledge, New York and London.
  • Mullins, P. (2021) ‘“But We Are Always at Home”: Disability and Collective Identity Construction on Runet.’ Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (Digitalicons.Org), no. 21: 45–64. 11/08/2021).


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Phone: 60612671

Office Location: PAB Room 136W

Office hours: Wednesday 1 PM to 6 PM (also by appointment; please email to arrange)