I am the Junior Research Fellow in Politics at University College, and associated with the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
My dissertation was defended in June 2015 at the European University Institute’s Department of Political and Social Sciences. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I was a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Department of Politics, with the support of a Fulbright Schuman Award.
Entitled Centripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland and the EU, my dissertation attempted to provide an account of democratic legitimacy and political identity in multilevel political systems constituted by deep territorial and linguistic divisions.
Specifically, it is argued that territorial and linguistic differences, which divide public spheres within a given political community, are not insurmountable barriers to a stable political system so long as certain centripetal forces laden within the idea of democracy are brought to bear on the institutional structure constituting these communities.
This manuscript is forthcoming in 2017 with Oxford University Press
On this website, further information about my work can be found, including full texts of recent publications and details of work in progress.