Aug 23 2016

Research Student Destinations: William Vlcek, Lecturer, PhD 2006

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William Vlcek

Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews (Sept 2009 to present)

Thesis Title: Small States and the Challenge of Sovereignty: Commonwealth Caribbean Offshore Financial Centers and Tax Competition (2006)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“My research investigates global financial governance involving the offshore dimension with my revised PhD thesis published as Offshore Finance and Small States: Sovereignty, Size and Money (Palgrave, 2008).  Offshore finance has been a central factor in more than a dozen publications, most recently Offshore Finance and Global Governance: Disciplining the Tax Nomad (Palgrave 2017), with further publications interrogating global initiatives to counter the financing of terrorism.”

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Aug 23 2016

Research Student Destinations: Donatella M. Viola, Assistant Professor, PhD 1999

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Donatella M. Viola

Donatella M Viola

Dr Donatella M Viola

Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, University of Calabria, Italy 

Thesis Title: European Foreign Policy and the European Parliament in the 1990s: An Investigation into the Role and Voting Behaviour of the European Parliament’s Political Groups (1999)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“The Routledge Handbook of European Elections, forwarded by J.H.H. Weiler, explores the multifaceted dimension of the European Parliament’s (EP) electoral contests across the European Union since 1979. The volume aims to enhance readers’ understanding of the European Parliament and revive their interest in the European integration process. By providing a wide range of national and European facts and figures, this investigation represents a comprehensive reference guide to scholars, practitioners, and students of the European Parliament, European elections, political parties, European Union and comparative politics.  Should you be interested, you may find further information here.”

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Aug 23 2016

Research Student Destinations: Georgios Evangelopoulos, Scientific Adviser, PhD 2013

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Georgios Evangelopoulos

Dr Georgios Evangelopoulos

Dr Georgios Evangelopoulos

Scientific Adviser to the President of the Hellenic Republic (2007-present)

Thesis Title: Scientific Realism in the Philosophy of Science and International Relations (2013)

Supervisors: Professor Christopher Hill and Dr Spyros Economides

“My research interests include Philosophy of Science, Political Theory and International Political Theory as well as Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). Among others I have edited the Greek edition (Themelio Publications, Athens, 2007) of Spyros Economides & Peter Wilson, The Economic Factor in International Relations (I.B. Tauris, London, 2001).”

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Aug 16 2016

Research Student Destinations: Stacy Closson, Assistant Professor, PhD 2007

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Dr Stacy Closson

Dr Stacy Closson

Dr Stacy Closson

Assistant Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, January 2014 to present

Thesis Title: State weakness in perspective: trans-territorial energy networks in Georgia, 1993-2003 (2007) 

Supervisor: Professor Margot Light

“Dr. Closson’s areas of research cover Eurasian studies, Russian foreign policy, and energy security.  In 2016 she was a Fulbright Scholar at National Chengchi University, teaching in the Department of Diplomacy.  Dr. Closson was most recently named a Global Fellow by the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C.  Her latest book with MIT Press is entitled Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures.

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Aug 4 2016

Research Student Destinations: Richard Mole, Research Fellow, PhD 2003

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Dr Richard Mole

Dr Richard Mole

Dr Richard Mole

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UCL (2003-2005)

Lecturer in the Politics of Central Europe, UCL (2004-2010)

Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology, UCL (2010-present)

Thesis Title: National Identity and Foreign Policy in the Baltic States: Perceptions of Self and Other in the External Relations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 1991-1999 (2003)

Supervisor: Professor Margot Light

“I am a Political Sociologist at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. My research focuses the relationship between identity and power, with particular reference to nationalism, sexuality, migration and diaspora. I have a theoretical interest in discourse – particularly, the post-structuralist discourse theories of Laclau and Mouffe – and a regional interest in Russia, Poland and the Baltic States.”

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Aug 4 2016

Research Student Destinations: Dr Feng Zhang, Fellow, PhD 2009

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Dr Feng Zhang

Dr Feng Zhang

Dr Feng Zhang

Fellow (Level C), Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, January 2014 to present.

Thesis Title: Chinese Primacy in East Asian History: Deconstructing the Tribute System in China’s Early Ming Dynasty (2009)

(subsequently published as Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International Institutions in East Asian History, Stanford University Press, 2015)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher R. Hughes

“Dr Feng Zhang specialises in Chinese foreign policy and strategy, Asia Pacific security, and international relations theory. His articles have appeared in leading IR journals including the European Journal of International Relations and Review of International Studies. His first book about Chinese hegemony in East Asian history was published by Stanford University Press in 2015. His current research focuses on China-US-ASEAN relations in the context of the developing trends in the South China Sea.”

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Aug 4 2016

Research Student Destinations: Joseph Chinyong Liow, Dean and Chair, PhD 2003

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Professor Joseph Chinyong Liow

Joseph Liow

Professor Joseph Liow

Dean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (4 November 2014)

Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies, Brookings Institution (1 August 2014)

(two positions concurrently)

Thesis Title: The Kinship Factor in International Relations: Kinship, Identity Construction, and Nation Formation in Indonesia-Malaysia Relations  (2003)

Supervisor: Professor Michael Leifer and Professor Christopher R. Hughes

“Joseph’s research interests encompass Muslim politics and social movements in Southeast Asia and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region. His most recent book is Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is currently completing a book exploring American engagement in Southeast Asia since the end of the Cold War.”

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Aug 4 2016

Research Student Destinations: Annette Förster, Research Fellow, PhD 2012

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Dr Annette Förster

Dr Annette Förster

Dr Annette Förster

Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, RWTH Aachen University (October 2012 – September 2016);

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Cologne (April 2016-August 2016)

(forthcoming: Rooney International Visiting Scholar, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh (August 2016-December 2016))

Thesis Title: Decent Peace, Stability and Justice. John Rawls’s International Theory Applied (2012)

Supervisor: Professor Chris Brown

“After my PhD at LSE, I got a position as research fellow at the Institute for Political Science at RWTH Aachen University, where I teach and pursue my habilitation project on Torture and Democracy. Besides, I occasionally teach classes in political science or philosophy at different departments and universities.”

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Aug 4 2016

Research Student Destinations: Jeffrey Reeves, Associate Professor, PhD 2010

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Dr Jeffrey Reeves

Dr Jeffrey Reeves

Dr Jeffrey Reeves

Associate Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, United States Pacific Command, 2012 – present

Thesis Title: Mongolian State Weakness, Foreign Policy, and Dependency on the People’s Republic of China (2010)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher R. Hughes

“My research focuses primarily on Chinese foreign policy, small/weak state security in Asia, and economic security.  I’ve published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on these topics since 2010 and have co-authored and authored two books, including ‘Chinese Foreign Relations with Weak Peripheral States‘ (Routledge, 2015).  I am currently editing my third book on Sino-Japanese competition in Asia for Routledge, which will be published in 2017.”

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Aug 2 2016

Research Student Destinations: Tien-sze Fang, Assistant Professor, PhD 2010

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Tien-sze Fang

Tien-sze Fang

Dr Tien-sze Fang

Assistant Professor, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Thesis Title: The asymmetrical threat perceptions in China-India relations after the 1998 nuclear tests (2010)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher R. Hughes

“Dr. Fang was a former diplomat and is currently Assistant Professor at the Center for General Education, National Tsing Hua University. He is the author of Asymmetrical Threat Perceptions in India–China Relations (Oxford University Press, 2013). His recent research interests include India’s foreign relations, China and the South Asia, and foreign policy studies.”

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