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BA Hon, MA, PhD, PGCTHE
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 483743
I am bilingual in French and English and came back to the UK in 2002 to start a BA in International Relations and Philosophy followed by an MA and PhD in International Relations at the University of Sussex, after growing up and studying Law in France. My main research activity focuses on developing the concepts of jurisdictional struggles and jurisdictional accumulation, to compare and understand the contemporary rise of extraterritorial disputes in relation to similar practices since early modernity. My teaching is research-driven, and focuses on the potential of historical sociology to develop critical pedagogies for the study of empires, colonialism and legal subjectivity in international relations.
Since September 2017, I am co-Secretary of the Oxford Brookes UCU branch and Faculty rep for Department of Social Sciences and the School of Law.
Since coming to Oxford Brookes in September 2014, I have taught widely accross the Politics and IR programme, at UG and MA levels. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and passed the PGCTHE in June 2017 with Distinction.
My first area of research is international history with a focus on early-modern European and colonial state-formation. I am specifically interested in the development of sovereign and extraterritorial jurisdictions. The second area of research is contemporary issues in global economic governance and migration, specifically extraterritorial jurisdiction and trade agreements in the North (EU-US). Both areas contribute to theories of International Relations and International Law, and more specifically to global historical sociology, historical materialism and Political Marxism in International Relations. The third area of research is social movements, theories of resistance and critical pedagogies. I explore these in the context of universities in post-Fordist political economies and through Michel Foucault's concept of counter-conduct.
My main research project is a single authored monograph entitled Jurisdictional Accumulation: An early modern history of law, states and capital (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
It is based on my doctoral thesis defended in December 2012, which consisted in a historical and theoretical reconstruction of the praxis of extraterritoriality through the cases of the early modern Spanish, French and British empires.
Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and website editor.
Member of the Centre for Advanced International Theory at the University of Sussex.
Member of the Political Marxism Research Group at the University of Sussex.
I am currently working on a co-edited volume with Daniel Margolies, Umut Ozsu and Konstantina Tzouvala, The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (forthcoming, Abingdon: Routledge). Proposal available here.
I am also working on articles and book chapters on extraterritorial jurisdiction; the origins or capitalism; Marxism and IR; borders and migrant subjectivity; student resistance and critical pedagogy.
‘Early Modern Extraterritoriality and the Origin of Capitalism’ in Daniel Margolies, Umut Öszu, Maia Pal & Konstantina Tzouvala (eds.) The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics, Abingdon: Routledge (Politics of Transnational Law Series), forthcoming
‘International Relations’ in Beverly Skeggs, Alberto Toscano & Sara Farris (Eds.) A Handbook of Marxism, Sage, forthcoming
‘David Harvey et la géographie de l’accumulation capitaliste’, Les Nouveaux Cahiers du Socialisme (Société de développement des périodiques culturels québécois - SODEP), Hiver 2015, Issue 13, pp145-151
'With or Without You! Migrant Subjects and the Never-ending Tragedy of Liberalism' Salvage Quarterly, Issue 5, October 2017, Available here.
‘Introduction to ‘Britain versus France: How Many Sonderwegs?’ by Ellen Meiksins Wood’, Historical Materialism, Vol. 24, issue 1, 2016, pp3-10
‘Uncomfortable Pedagogy: decolonising and diversifying the curriculum in Politics, IR, and Sociology’, GPES Bits and Blogs, 20 June 2017
‘The Past is Dead. Long Live the Past! A Manifesto for (Teaching) Social Change’, E-International Relations, 17 July 2015 ()
‘#BlackLivesMatter: The New Black Liberation Movement’, The Disorder of Things, 13 January 2015 ()
‘Education for sale: Sussex should learn from London Met’, 1 November 2012
(with Luke Cooper), ‘Lectures from a spin doctor: a NATO strategist’s position at a top British university’, 30 June 2011
Member of professional associations BISA and ISA.
'Jurisdictional Accumulation: Towards Non-Eurocentric Histories of Early Modern European Empire' Lecture to the Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL) at the University of Kent, 21 November 2017. See report here.
‘The space of biopolitics in the neoliberal university: conduct and counter-conduct’ The Space of Biopolitics workshop, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University, 4 July 2017
(with Louiza Odysseos) ‘Towards Critical Pedagogies of the International? Student Resistance, Self-formation and Other-regardedness in the Neoliberal University’, BISA, Brighton, June 2017
'Uncomfortable Pedagogies: Diversifying and Decolonising the Curriculum in Politics, Sociology and IR' 17 February 2017 Speakers: Claire Vergerio, Mend Mariwani, Micaela Opoku-Mensah, Dalila Da Silva Lopes, 17 February, Oxford Brookes University
I previously taught at the University of Sussex and at the University of Brighton in Hastings.