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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. Here I recently completed a book manuscript titled Finding Faith in Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press), which explores how US foreign policymakers have increasingly sought to understand and manage global religious dynamics since the end of the Cold War. 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.
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
Finding Faith in Foreign Policy: Religion and American Diplomacy in a Postsecular World, Oxford University Press, 2019
2nd Global Summit on Religion Peace and Security, United Nations, Geneva, 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
Islamic Interventions in US Foreign Policy @ Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond, George Washington University, 2015.
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
Should the United States attempt to reform Islam? The Foreign Policy Centre, 2015
Religious Interventions in US Foreign Policy @ Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond, Chatham House, 2014
How do religious norms diffuse? Institutional translation and international change in a post-secular world society, European Journal of International Relations, 2014 (online first)
I've been appointed, starting September 2014, Lecturer in International Relations and Security, University of Exeter
Empty Signifier in Practice: Interrogating the 'Civilizations' of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, ReligioWest Working Papers, EUI, 2014
Constructing civilisations: Embedding and reproducing the ‘Muslim world’ in American foreign policy practices and institutions since 9/11, Review of International Studies, 2014
Civilizational Analysis in International Relations: Mapping the Field and Advancing a ‘Civilizational Politics’ Line of Research, International Studies Review, 2014
Beyond Constructivism’s Liberal Bias: Islamic Norm Entrepreneurs in a Post-Secular World Society (with Dionigi), 2014
“After the Shipwreck”: Interpreting religion in international relations, The Immanent Frame, March 2014.
The Tea Party and Conservative Politics: Workshop with Theda Skocpol, EUI, February 2014
Grant received from EUI's ReligioWest Program for research on the UN Alliance of Civilizations in 2014.
Religion and American Foreign Policy in the Context of the Postsecular Turn in World Politics and the Social Sciences, International Politics Reviews, 2013