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I am a Lecturer in International Relations and MA Director in the Politics Department 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 and actors in world politics, which I believe is one of the defining issues of our times. This underlining 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. 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.
Why (Clash of) Civilizations Discourses Just Won’t Go Away? Understanding the Civilizational Politics of Our Times, E-IR, 2018
Visiting Scholar with the Global Theory and History Program at SAIS Johns Hopkins, Washington DC, June 2017
What do academic metrics do to political scientists? Theorizing their roots, locating their effects, 2017
Religion and International Relations, Oxford Bibliographies, 2016
Post-secular Expertise and American Foreign Policy, in Michael Rectenwald, Rochelle Almeida, and George Levine (eds.), Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age (De Gruyter), 2015
Islamic Interventions in US Foreign Policy @ Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond, George Washington University, 2015.
Should the United States attempt to reform Islam? The Foreign Policy Centre, 2015
Constructing civilisations: Embedding and reproducing the ‘Muslim world’ in American foreign policy practices and institutions since 9/11, Review of International Studies, 2014
Religious Interventions in US Foreign Policy @ Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond, Chatham House, 2014
Empty Signifier in Practice: Interrogating the 'Civilizations' of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, ReligioWest Working Papers, EUI, 2014
I've been appointed, starting September 2014, Lecturer in International Relations and Security, University of Exeter
How do religious norms diffuse? Institutional translation and international change in a post-secular world society, European Journal of International Relations, 2014 (online first)
Beyond Constructivism’s Liberal Bias: Islamic Norm Entrepreneurs in a Post-Secular World Society (with Dionigi), 2014
Civilizational Analysis in International Relations: Mapping the Field and Advancing a ‘Civilizational Politics’ Line of Research, International Studies Review, 2014
“After the Shipwreck”: Interpreting religion in international relations, The Immanent Frame, March 2014.
Grant received from EUI's ReligioWest Program for research on the UN Alliance of Civilizations in 2014.
Conference Paper Accepted.
Global Social Transformations, Temporality and Foreign Policy Change: Towards a Historical Sociological Approach to Foreign Policy Analysis, ISA Annual Convention, March 2014.
Religion and American Foreign Policy in the Context of the Postsecular Turn in World Politics and the Social Sciences, International Politics Reviews, 2013
Conference Paper Presented.
Postsecular Expertise and American Foreign Policy Change, Global Secularisms Conference, New York University, November 2013.