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- Senior Lecturer
- Sch of Slavonic & East European Studies
- School of Arts & Social Sciences
My research focuses the relationship between identity and power, with particular reference to nationalism, inter-state and inter-cultural relations, gender and sexuality, and migration and social citizenship. I have a strong interest in discourse - particularly, post-structuralist discourse theory - and in socio-linguistics and social psychology. I have a broad interest in Central and Eastern Europe but work primarily on the Baltic States and Russia and increasingly on Germany, Poland and Brazil.
In 2011 I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers and in 2011-12 was Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin.
In 2010 I completed a two-year project on the Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles of London's East Europeans in collaboration with the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research of the UCL Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences. The project was funded by the UK Medical Research Council.
In 2009 three colleagues and I set up the UCL Nordic/Baltic Research Group, which was awarded ESRC funding to run a two-year seminar series on 'The Nordic and Baltic States in the European Political Imagination'.
My monograph on The Baltic States from the Soviet Union to the European Union: Identity, Discourse and Power in the Post-Communist Transition of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was published by RoutledgeCurzon in April 2012. A paperback edition will appear in October 2013. My edited volume, Discursive Constructions of Identity in European Politics, was published by Palgrave in 2007. I have published articles and reviews in Ethnicity and Health, Nations and Nationalism, European Journal of Social Psychology, Slavonic & East European Review, Sexualities, Nordeuropa Forum, Journal of Baltic Studies and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
I teach and contribute towards a range of courses relating to identity, politics and society:
- Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
- Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology
- Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
- Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe
- The Politics of Change in the Baltic States
- Gender, Society and Representation
- Migration and Health
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
- Issues in Global Migration
Together with my colleague, Dr Christopher Gerry, I set up the International MA in Economy, State and Society (IMESS), which was recognised by the EU Erasmus Mundus Programme in 2006, making UCL the first Russell Group university to have received such recognition. Students spend the first year at UCL SSEES and the second at one of our partners in Central and Eastern Europe: Belgrade University; Charles University in Prague; Corvinus University of Budapest; Helsinki University; Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Jagiellonian University in Krakow, or Tartu University. I was IMESS Programme Director from 2009-11.
In 2009 I was awarded a Provost’s Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
In 2008 I was a Visiting Professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico.
In 2007 I was made a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
|2003||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||London School of Economics and Political Science|
|1992||M.Phil||Master of Philosophy||University of Cambridge|
|1991||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)||Heriot-Watt University|
|03-05||CLTHE_1||Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1||University College London|
|03-05||CLTHE_2||Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2||University College London|