Bio

I am a Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Global Governance in the School of

Politics and International Relations at the Queen Mary University of London. I am also Senior Visiting Fellow with the Phelan US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Before I joined QMUL in September 2021, I was the inaugural Hillary Clinton Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (2020-2021) and a Lecturer (Career Development Fellow) at University of Edinburgh (2017 – 2020). I hold a PhD in International Relations (2017, London School of Economics) and a second PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures (2007, University of California Los Angeles). 


Together with Heather Johnson (Queen’s University Belfast), I am the

co-founder and co-director of the research network, Voices in Mobilities and Migration (@VIMM_Network), which encourages and facilitates constructive dialogue amongst researchers across disciplines working on all aspects of migration.


My research is at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics but also engages actively with Political Communication scholarship. Writ large, I am a scholar of international co-operation and global governance, focusing on the influence that international organisations like the United Nations and the European Union have on domestic institutions, politics, and societies. So far, my research has explored these dynamics in different areas of policy-making and practice – crisis management, south-to-north and south-to-south migration, human rights, peace agreements and human rights after conflict, foreign policy (of the European Union and the United States), and corruption control.


In addition, I have developed a research agenda in Political Communication, focusing on the formation and strategic uses of electoral rhetoric to advance populist political agendas. I have carried out analyses of large bodies of social media data (Twitter-based) and other Internet-based data – blogs, press releases, rally speeches and video material.


My second book, The Strength of Our Commitments (currently under review), investigates the strength and effectiveness of national human rights institutions in Europe and beyond. My first book, The (In)visibility Complex was published in 2008 (Stockholm University) and explores questions of identity and artistic representations of the migrant experience in Sweden.