I am an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University (DCU). Currently, I serve as Deputy Editor of Peacebuilding Journal (Taylor & Francis); I am the founding Editor of Routledge Studies in Statehood (Taylor & Francis); and I am Co-Editor of Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies (Palgrave) together with Oliver P. Richmond and Annika Björkdahl; and I am the founding Co-Editor of the Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, with Oliver P. Richmond.
My research focuses on the making, remaking, and unmaking of states and peace processes in contemporary world politics. I also specialize on post-conflict peacebuilding and statebuilding, as well as state creation and the politics of diplomatic recognition.
I am author and editor of 10 published book (and another seven under contract and in different writing stages); over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, and over 20 book chapters published with leading university presses and global academic publishers. My work has been with leading international peer-reviewed journals, such as: Nature, International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies; Geopolitics; Review of International Studies; Cooperation and Conflict; International Studies Review; Foreign Policy Analysis; International Peacekeeping; and Civil Wars.
Research interestsPost-conflict Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
State Recognition and Foreign Policy
Transitional Justice and Civil SocietyWestern Balkans