Welcome to my website! I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow (PPRF) in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. My research is situated at the intersection of International Relations and International Law. 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 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 recently been published with International Studies Quarterly.
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 am doing research on how (moral) norms have influenced decision-making on Brexit in the House of Commons.
This website provides an overview of my academic research and teaching, but for more information, please see my CV.