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I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the EUI, working with Prof. Jennifer Welsh. My thesis examines how international terrorism has been mobilized in Russia’s relationship with the West in the al-Qaeda period (2001) and the ISIS period (2015). Theoretically, I seek to unpack how applying discourse analysis in an authoritarian context differs from applying it to liberal-democratic states.


I have a BA in Russian from the University of Copenhagen (2012) and a MSc in International Relations from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (2014) where I wrote my thesis about NATO’s partnerships with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Before joining the EUI in 2018, I have worked as a trainee in the Department of political affairs at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, as a Junior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and as a consultant for Kilden at the Research Council of Norway.


Research interests:

 •International security
• Russian foreign and security policy
• Russia-West relations
• Uzbekistan’s contemporary history and international relations
• NATO partnerships with non-NATO member states
• IR-theories, in particular poststructuralism, constructivism and the philosophy of      science
• Gender
• International law, especially the law of armed conflict and the use of force
• Intelligence studies