New Political Thinkers is a blog dedicated to critical and provocative political commentaries written by students at the University of St Andrews. Born in collaboration with an all female group of students on the Anthropology of Politics and Governance module, students from across the disciplines are invited to contribute short individual or co-authored opinion articles on issues of contemporary political debate.

The editors also invite themed collections of essays that may result from seminar discussions and/or reactions to global politics (e.g. COVID-19, equality and diversity, indigenous rights, intersectionality, nationalism, and belonging). Theoretically informed and driven by real-world concerns, the aim is to enhance the development of political thought among students during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, taking key debates beyond the classroom environment.

Please address all correspondence, including proposals for individual articles and collective themed sections, to co-editor Camila Ferreira Marinelli (cfm5@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Camila Ferreira Marinelli and Stavroula Pipyrou

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Twitter as a new arena for political debates

By Evgeniya Pakhomova Due to the unprecedented number of postal ballots, the 2020 United States Presidential election turned into a nerve-racking one-week-long event. Competition in several key states was down to decimal fractions of a percent.…
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Indias divise Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA)

By Oona Singh Indian Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) in December of 2019. Very quickly the act was subject to public criticism, concern, and uproar. The issues around the act are related to concerns surrounding…

Insanity or enlightenment? Reasons behind COVID-denialism in Russia

By Evgeniya Pakhomova As the new reality of the world affected by the COVID-19 was becoming inevitable, many countries have witnessed an increase in the number of deniers of the virus, commonly known as COVID-dissidents. Russia was no exception…

The Gift of the Mask: Cuomo’s influence during Covid-19

By Sophia Rosenblatt The press conference looked the same as it did every day. Andrew Cuomo—New York governor and emerging stud of the pandemic (see. Cuomosexual[1])— front and centre, framed on a TV screen which displayed “Breaking…

The Deadly Consequences of Reckless Speech

By Betty Andrews The Washington Post[1] actively fact checks dubious claims made by politicians and public figures and, during his time in office, Donald Trump has made false claims frequently enough to warrant an entire webpage dedicated…