I am Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter in the U.K. I am also on the editorial board of Aspenia, Aspen Institute Italy's journal of international affairs.
My research is driven by an overarching interest in the role of ideas, norms and identities in international relations. I am especially interested in the complex interactions between liberal and non-liberal ideas, institutions, and actors in world politics, which I believe is one of the defining issues of our times. This interest manifests itself in two parallel research agendas. The first concentrates on the role of religion and civilizational identities in world politics, with particular attention to American foreign policy and West-Islam relations. A second, emerging, research agenda focuses on the challenges to the liberal international order posed by authoritarian rising powers and populists.
Before joining Exeter I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. I earned my PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012, where I was the holder of the LSE IDEAS Stonex Scholarship and Programme Assistant for the LSE IDEAS Transatlantic Relations Programme (now the United States International Affairs Programme). I've been twice a Visiting Fellow at SAIS Johns Hopkins, Washington DC, in June 2017 and June 2011.
During my time at the LSE (2008-2012) I was also deputy editor and editorial board member of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. Before the PhD, I obtained an MA in Conflict, Security, and Development from the Department of War Studies, at King’s College London, in 2006. Between my PhD and MA I worked as a consultant on conflict-affected countries for the World Bank in Washington D.C.