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Biography

I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the EUI, working with Prof. Jennifer Welsh (former EUI, currently McGill University). Broadly speaking, my research concerns international security with a particular focus on Russia, NATO and international terrorism. My PhD-project examines how Russia has mobilized its discourse on international terrorism to construct the West both as an ally and adversary in the early phases of the al-Qaeda and ISIS periods. Predominantly, I work with interpretivist approaches to IR and I am interested in a range of theoretical and empirical issues.


I have a BA in Russian from the University of Copenhagen and a MSc in International Relations from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 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 genderresearch.no at the Research Council of Norway.


During my PhD I have also been a visiting PhD fellow at the Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen, sponsored by Prof. Ole Wæver. 

 

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