Welcome to my website!
I am Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at the University of Exeter.
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, actors and practices in world politics, which I believe to be 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. My first book Finding Faith in Foreign Policy: Religion and American Diplomacy in a Postsecular World (Oxford University Press), explores how US foreign policymakers have increasingly sought to understand and manage global religious dynamics since the end of the Cold War. The book has received two honorable mentions, from the International Studies Association (2020) and from the European Academy of Religion (2019).
A second, emerging, research agenda focuses on the challenges to the liberal international order posed by authoritarian rising powers and populists. To know more about my ongoing and past research visit the Publications and Current Projects pages on this website.
Previously to joining Exeter, I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at the European University Institute (EUI). I obtained my PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012. For a more complete biography visit the About Me pages.
International Religious Freedom’s Christian “Soft Spot”: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions, 2021
Sacred Capital: Reflections on Religion and Power in World Politics -- A Conversation with Gregorio Bettiza, 2020
The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 2019
Has the Clash of Civilizations Thesis Influenced America’s War on Terror? 2020
Honorable Mention, International Studies Association Religion Section 2020
Special Mention of Excellence, Alberigo Award European Academy of Religion.
‘Turning’ everywhere in IR: on the sociological underpinnings of the field's proliferating turns, 2020
Pandemipolitics and the (Potential) Unmaking of the Liberal World Order, 2020
States, Religions, and Power: Highlighting the Role of Sacred Capital in World Politics, 2020
Authoritarian Powers and Norm Contestation in the Liberal International Order: Theorizing the Power Politics of Ideas and Identity, 2020
The Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power: How States Use Religion in Foreign Policy, 2020
Why does the United States have a Christian ‘Soft Spot’ and what to do about it? LSE Blog: Religion and Global Society, 2019
Presenting and debating the findings of my book at the University of Exeter, LSE, and Georgetown University
Teaching Religion and International Relations: Disciplinary, Pedagogical, and Personal Reflections, 2019
2nd Global Summit on Religion Peace and Security, United Nations, Geneva, 2019
Finding Faith in Foreign Policy: Religion and American Diplomacy in a Postsecular World, Oxford University Press, 2019
ISIS’s Clash of Civilizations: Constructing the “West” in Terrorist Propaganda, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2019
US Foreign Policymakers Understanding and Engagement with Religion, Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament (CCADD), 2018
World Order(s) in Crisis? Centre for Advanced International Studies, Exeter University, 2018
Why (Clash of) Civilizations Discourses Just Won’t Go Away? Understanding the Civilizational Politics of Our Times, E-IR, 2018
What do academic metrics do to political scientists? Theorizing their roots, locating their effects, 2017
Visiting Scholar with the Global Theory and History Program at SAIS Johns Hopkins, Washington DC, June 2017
Religion and International Relations, Oxford Bibliographies, 2016