Political Science and International Studies Alumni

  • Dr Edward Lemon

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni


    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Graduation date: 2016

    Research topic: Governing Islam and Security in Tajikistan and Beyond: The Emergence of Transnational Authoritarian Security Governance

    Current position: I am now a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science and Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York. I am working on a number of research projects relating to terrorism and security in Central Asia, teaching courses on international relations and Central Asian politics, and revising my thesis for publication as a book.

    Research supervisors: TBD,

    Email: ejl2174@columbia.edu

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/edwardlemon3

    Website/Blog: https://sipa.columbia.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/edward-lemon


  • Dr Oscar Berglund

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni


    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Research topic: Contesting Austerity through Civil Disobedience: The PAH and the Spanish Housing Crisis

    Current position: Senior Teaching Associate in Public Policy; Research Associate in Sociology, Politics and International Studies

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/berglund_oscar

    Website/Blog: http://www.bris.ac.uk/sps/people/person/oscar-j-berglund/overview.html


  • Dr Max Roger Taylor

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Political Science and International Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath

    Start date: September 2014

    Graduation date: June 2019

    Research topic: Seeking common ground: Assessing the practical implementation of the EU’s normative power in EU-China relations

    My thesis seeks to assess the mechanisms used by the EU to practically coordinate and employ its values (or norms) in EU-China diplomatic dialogues. The bilateral relationship represents arguably the hardest test case for the EU’s normative power, due to the tension between the Union’s significant economic interests and its constitutional mandate to uphold its values with this key bilateral partner, that holds different values in many areas.

     

     

    Research supervisors: Professor Charles Lees, Dr Maria Garcia

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Visiting Scholar Renmin University of China, Co-chair University of Bath International Relations and Postgraduate Group (IREP).

    Email: M.R.Taylor@bath.ac.uk


  • Dr Rupert Alcock

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Politics (ESRC +3)
    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2012

    Graduation date: July 2017

    Research topic: Governing the new unconscious

    Current position: Senior Teaching Associate

    Research supervisors: Professor Terrell Carver, Dr Brad Evans

    Email: Rupert.Alcock@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RupertAlcock


  • Dr Cameron Hunter

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Political Science and International Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: September 2018

    Research topic: US Reactions to China’s “Rise in Space”

    Drawing on public and declassified documents, my research tracks the construction of the “Chinese Space Threat” in US policy discourses from 1958 to the present. I particularly focus on China’s so-called “rise in space,” a concept used by American observers to contextualise events since 2000. This has included the launch of China’s first person into space and the demonstration of a series of technologies with the potential to be used as “space weapons.” Using a theoretical approach which combines insights from Critical Security and Science and Technology Studies, my project explores the technopolitics which constitute the official US response to China’s “new” technical capabilities.

    Research supervisors: Professor Yongin Zhang, Dr Columba Peoples

    Professional memberships/Positions held: British Research Council Fellow, Library of Congress (2015), Research Fellow, Schumacher Institute

    Email: ch13595@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CP_Hunter


  • Dr Jack O. Griffiths

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Political Science and International Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: September 2018

    Research topic: The Ontology, Ethics, and Politics of Capability

    I am a PhD candidate based in the Department of Politics. My research lies at the intersection of political thought, ethics, and philosophy of biology, focusing on the relationships between political/ethical thinking and the ways in which we conceive of the living world and the place of humanity within it.

    My current research centres on the concept of capability (à la the ‘capability approach’ of Sen and Nussbaum), as a point through which to critically discuss political concepts such as freedom, power, and individual and social development, and their relations to our understanding of life and nature.

     

    Research supervisors: Dr. Robin Durie, Professor John Dupre

    Email: jg348@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Ana Almuedo-Castillo

    Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Political Sciences and International Studies (ESRC +3)
    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2014

    Graduation date: May 2018

    Research topic: Resisting the Sectarian: A paradigm for peacebuilding in Lebanon

    My thesis focuses on social and political change and the construction of peace from the grassroots, taking Lebanon as a country of study. My research examines cases where the sectarian system is contested and challenged through forms of quiet and ordinary resistance on the ground. I work on the premise that there are cases experiencing on-going and intrinsic processes that may potentially work as platforms of social change and conflict transformation.

    Research supervisors: Dr William Gallois, Dr Rana Jawad

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Student Rep Politics and the IAIS. Co-chair of the Liaison Forum of the College of SSIS.  

    Email: aa517@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/anaalmuedo