I joined the University of Stirling in July 2019 as Senior Lecturer in International Politics. I am a graduate of the University of California, Davis (BA), the University of Cape Town (MA), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD).
My research broadly explores the nature of global power hierarchies (between the Global North and South) in knowledge and practice. I have worked in the area of global governance of security via regional security institutions - the African and European Unions. A part of my current research agenda draws on critical feminisms to understand the foreign policy practices of both institutions.
I have published on the relationship between the two institutions, including my monograph, Charting Transformation through Security: Contemporary-EU Africa Relations (Palgrave, 2013) and published in several leading international journals including Journal of European Integration, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Negotiation among many others.
I have also taught extensively on international organisations, the politics of European security, crisis in Europe, feminist themes in international politics and on contemporary global security challenges broadly.
I am currently Editor-in-Chief of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. I am an executive committee member of Women Also Know Stuff, an academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action, Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies (DIMES - https://www.uaces.org/dimes) I co-convene the UACES Research Networks, Gendering EU Studies [https://tinyurl.com/5bjc6866] and EU as International Mediator [https://www.uaces.org/networks/europe-international-mediator]
I have worked with a number of international organisations and governments like the World Bank, the European Union, Irish and Canadian Governments. In 2020, I was invited to lend my expertise to the drafting of the Women, Peace and Security - Humanitarian Action Compact [https://wpshacompact.org/]. I currently serve as signatory focal point for Stirling.
I am an occasional media commentator on topics including the African Union, EU relations with Africa; feminist foreign policy; Brexit, and the women, peace and security agenda.