Welcome to my website! I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow (PPRF) in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. My research studies the process and outcome of norm contestation in international politics. One strand of my research focuses on international law, the other on morality.
Legal ambiguities and tensions give rise to debate as, for instance, the contestation over the legality of the Iraq War shows. I treat norm contestation as a problematique to understand norm development in international relations. Specifically, I develop theoretical frameworks on processes and possible outcomes of norm contestation that can guide empirical research. My dissertation – now book project – has received the Political Studies Association’s Shirin Rai Prize and the Department of Politics and International Relations’ (Oxford University) Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Prize for the best dissertation in International Relations. I have also received an Award from the International Studies Association-Theory Section (2018) and an Honorable Mention from the International Studies Association-International Security Studies Section (2018) for one of these theories that elaborates on the different endings that political debates over norm application can have. An updated version of this award-winning paper, “Beyond Internalization: Alternate Endings of the Norm Life Cycle“, has been published with International Studies Quarterly in 2019. My book, Norm Contestation in International Politics, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.
I am also interested in the strategies and motivations of those who contest norms and policies.
In a symposium, published with International Affairs, Lea Wisken and I explore different ways of expressing dissent. We argue that it is possible to distinguish between norm contestation through words and action, that is, discursive and behavioural contestation (open access): https://academic.oup.com/ia/article/95/3/515/5420587
Currently, I work on my book project and do research on how (moral) norms have influenced decision-making when actors who question norms take personally costly and internationally significant decisions. A first paper on this ‘norm-principle’-interplay received a revise and resubmit from a leading International Relations journal: it studies the September 2019 rebellion in the House of Commons, where 21 Tory MPs lost the whip (i.e. their ability to stand for their party in future elections) for voting against the party line to prevent a no-deal Brexit. This paper is a stepping stone towards a book project on the ‘norm-principle’-interplay in international politics.
This website provides an overview of my academic research and teaching, but for more information, please see my CV.