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.