Welcome to my website!

I am Sr. 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.

This interest manifests in two parallel research agendas. The first concentrates on the role of religion and civilizational identities in world politics. I am currently working on a new book project exploring the entanglements between religions, states, and power. 

My first book Finding Faith in Foreign Policy: Religion and American Diplomacy in a Postsecular World (Oxford University Press), explored 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).

My second main research agenda focuses on the contestation and transformation of the liberal international order in the context of rising authoritarian powers and populism.

Another overarching area of interest is in the theory, sociology, and pedagogy of International Relations. 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.