I am a politics and international relations researcher, and current UQ Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. I am also a current Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.
Before rejoining UQ in 2011, I was the 2010 Australian EUI Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. In 2009 I held an Associate Lectureship at UQ, where I also completed my Ph.D. in November 2008.
My interest in politics and international relations research was first motivated by a desire to understand the potentials of community - and in particular, humanitarian community - in world politics. What always puzzled me is how we construct boundaries of care. This then led me to examine the relationship between phenomena such as emotions, identity, suffering and trauma, which are areas in which where my more specific research projects now lie.
Presently, my key research examines the politics of emotions and trauma, focusing in particular on the role the emotional dimensions of representing traumatic events - from political violence to humanitarian crises - play in constituting world politics. Further key research also focuses more specifically on how images help to make possible the conditions through which international humanitarian aid is enacted. I am particularly interested in the relationship between emotions and the politics and ethics of community, humanitarianism and international aid in world politics.
When possible, I also enjoy pursuing smaller projects that further my passion and understanding of the politics of aesthetics, literature, visual culture and contemporary feminism.
More specific information about my current key research projects is available on my Research page.
I greatly appreciate correspondence and feedback on my research. Please feel free to email me direct or get in touch via the adjacent contact form.