Welcome! I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, where I serve as Co-Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism and on the Steering Committee of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research. I was previously a SSHRC Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations and Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2013-15), and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2012-13). I hold a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
My research is concerned with understanding how international law transforms global politics, and how political forces shape the development and efficacy of the law. More specifically, I examine how legal institutions – especially multilateral treaties – shape the conduct of actors by instantiating new social expectations about appropriate behaviour (norms) in the international system. Empirically, I explore this theme principally in the fields of disarmament and international humanitarian and criminal law. My teaching interests are informed by this broad research agenda, and span IR theory, international law, and international organizations and governance.