Dr Alister Miskimmon is Senior Lecturer in European Politics and International Relations. His research interests are in the fields of German foreign policy, as well as wider European and global security issues. Dr Miskimmon was a post-doctoral fellow on the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme of the Compagnia di San Paolo - Riksbankens Jubileumsfond - VolkswagenStiftung. Dr Miskimmon has two forthcoming books scheduled for publication in autumn 2007. They are Green, S., Hough, D., Miskimmon, A. and Timmins , G. (2008) The Politics of the New Germany (Routledge, London) and Miskimmon, A. (2007) Germany and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union: Between Europeanisation and National Adaptation (Palgrave, Basingstoke ). Dr Miskimmon is currently collaborating with Dr James Sloam and Prof Willie Paterson (Bham) on an edited collection entitled, Germany's Gathering Crisis: Germany since the 2005 Federal Election (Palgrave, Basingstoke, forthcoming 2008).
Dr James Sloam is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. His research interests in European politics are: Youth Participation in Democracy/ Civic Education, Political parties/ European Social Democracy, Germany Politics. James Sloam joined the Politics and International Relations Department at Royal Holloway in September 2005. He was previously a lecturer in European Studies at King's College, London and an honorary research fellow at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, where he co-ordinated projects on policy transfer in East Central Europe and Youth Participation in democracy. James has published widely in the fields of young people's politics, German politics, political parties, and citizenship Education. His most recent articles - published in Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics and Parliamentary Affairs, examine the civic and political engagement of young people in the United States and Europe.
Dr Nicholas Allen joined the department in September 2009 as Lecturer in Politics. He completed his doctorate at the University of Essex in January 2008 and has held teaching positions at the University of Essex and University College London. His research interests include the British prime ministership, parliamentary misconduct, public attitudes towards political ethics and the changing British constitution.
Dr Giacomo Benedetto is Director of European Studies and a Lecturer in Politics. His main research areas within the field of European politics are party, electoral and budgetary politics in Europe, the European Union and the European Parliament. Giacomo has published research on the European Parliament, British Parliament, the Constitutional and Budgetary politics of the EU and on Euroscepticism in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Review of International Organizations, and in Party Politics. Giacomo is currently conducting research on institutional continuity on the European Parliament and the EU Budget.
Emeritus Professor Gavin Drewry is a political scientist specialising in public administration and public sector reform, with special reference to the UK civil service. He has a particular interest in the relationships between law, politics and administration and has written extensively on the functions and management of legal institutions, on the legislative process and on mechanisms of legal and parliamentary accountability, including judicial review and ombudsman systems. He has just completed a major study of the Court of Appeal in England and Wales, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and is also writing a book on the politics of capital punishment. He is an active member of the Administrative History Study Group of the International Institute of Administrative Science, and is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the IIAS. From 1999 to 2005 he was co-convenor of a study group of the European Group for Public Administration on ‘contractualisation in the public sector’. Gavin retired in September 2009.
Dr Tom Dyson was appointed Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in September 2012. He was previously employed as a Lecturer in International Security and Defence at the School of Politics, University of Surrey (2006-12). Between 2009-11, Dr Dyson was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow based at the Chair of German and European Politics at Potsdam University and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, Germany. Dr Dyson’s research interests lie in European defence and security and British, French and German defence policy. Dr. Dyson is the author of The Politics of German Defence and Security (Berghahn, 2007);Neoclassical Realism and Defence Reform in post-Cold War Europe (Palgrave, 2010) andEuropean Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory (forthcoming, Palgrave, 2013, with Dr Theodore Konstadinides). He has also published articles in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Contemporary British History; Contemporary Security Policy; Defence Studies; European Security; German Politics and Security Studies.
Dr Oliver Heath joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in September 2008 as a Lecturer in Politics. His research interests include democratisation, political stability and electoral realignment in second wave democracies; political participation and electoral behaviour in Britain; and research methods.
Chris Rumford is Professor of Political Sociology in the Department of Politics and International Relations. His main research areas within the field of European politics are Turkey/EU relations; cosmopolitanism; borders; and theories of contemporary social and political transformation. Dr Chris Rumford arrived at Royal Holloway on 1 September 2003 following a period as Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Istanbul Kultur University, and Visiting Fellow, City University, London. Chris has held a variety of positions including Senior Researcher at the Economic Development Foundation in Istanbul (IKV), and British Studies Consultant at the British Council.
Dr Nathan Widder is Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations and is a Reader in Political Theory. He joined the Department in 2006, having previously taught at the University of Exeter and the London School of Economics. He has degrees from the Johns Hopkins University (U.S.A.), LSE, and the University of Essex. His teaching and research covers the history of Western political thought and philosophy, contemporary Continental philosophy, and feminist political theory. His work focuses on questions of difference, pluralism, power, identity, and knowledge, and he has drawn on ideas in contemporary thought in order to stage a re-engagement with both central and marginal figures in ancient, early Christian, and medieval philosophy. Dr. Widder has published articles in prominent journals, including Angelaki, Continental Philosophy Review, Contemporary Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Parallax, and Theory & Event. He has also produced a major study, Genealogies of Difference (University of Illinois Press, 2002) and is currently working on a manuscript for a second book entitled Reflections on Time and Politics.
Dr Michael William’s work focuses on strategic aspects of international relations. A particular interest includes the intersection between defence, development and diplomacy in world politics to address changes in contemporary international relations. My research interests include new security challenges and risks, the changing character of war/conflict, power in world politics, transatlantic relations and US Foreign Policy. Dr William’s most recent book is NATO, Security and Risk Management: From Kosovo to Khandahar (Routledge 2008). Michael co-edited Power in World Politics (Routledge 2007), which brought together academics from differing theoretical traditions ranging from Joseph S. Nye Jr. to Joe Grieco and Stefano Guzzini to examine changing notions of power in IR. Michael has also published articles in International Affairs, Cooperation and Conflict, as well various international newspapers. Michael’s next book examines changing notions of security through the prism of the NATO experience in Afghanistan.
Dr Hasan Turunc holds an MA in The Politics of Democracy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. Hasan has been working in the Department as a Tutor since 2004, tutoring various courses including introduction to IR and IR Theories. He also held a Part-time Lecturer position at Richmond - The American International University in London. Hasan's article on "AKP's search for Identity in Turkish Politics" has been published by the Vol 14 no 2. August 2006. He also has written a book review of "The Kurds in Turkey: EU accession and human rights by Kerim Yildiz, published by Pluto Press, 2006" that has been published by Chatham House, , volume 82, Number 6, November 2006. Hasan has presented at several conferences including UACES Student forum 6th Annual Conference, Oxford University, 2005; First Global International Studies Conference, Istanbul 2005. Hasan completed a PhD dissertation on "The impact of the European Union on the process of democratisation in Turkey".
Didem Buhari-Gülmez holds a BSc degree in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and MSc degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). As a Jean Monnet scholar, she studied in the Paris Institute for International and Strategic Relations (France) for one year, and holds Diplome Prive d’Etudes Superieures. She worked as a parliamentary advisor in the Turkish Parliament and as a research assistant at Istanbul Ticaret University (Turkey). She is currently a PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London under the supervision of Dr. Chris Rumford. She is mainly interested in the Stanford School on Sociological Institutionalism, the relations between Turkey and the European Union covering a wide array of policy areas including foreigners’ rights to work, reside and own land in Turkey as well as freedom of expression, secularism, and ombudsmanship. She conducts research in Turkish (native), English, and French.
Isabelle Hertner joined the department in September 2007. She is writing her PhD on the Europeanisation of political parties. It is her aim to identify the ways in which EU governance and policies impact on political parties in general and social democratic parties in particular. Before coming to Royal Holloway, Isabelle worked for a German NGO in Brussels and for the Department of European and International Affairs of the government of Hessen ( Germany ). Isabelle holds a Master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges ( Belgium ).
Joanna Kaminska holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Warsaw and Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from l’Universite Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III (IEP). Before joining the department she worked in the NGO sector in Poland. Her thesis focuses on the role of new member countries in the development of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU with particular reference to the role of Poland and the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy.
Albena Kuyumdzhieva joined the department in September 2008. She is writing her PhD on the Anticorruption policies of the European Union. Her aim is to identify the impact of the fifth enlargement on the anticorruption policies of the Union and to examine the drivers behind their adoption and implementation. Albena has served as a Chief of Unit for Combating Corruption in the Bulgarian Anticorruption Commission, Council of Ministers and as a Head of offices of a Member of the European Parliament. Albena is a lecturer in the Bulgarian Institute of Public Administration providing training in anticorruption and good governance to civil servants and magistrates. She holds master degrees in Law and Finances and has been visiting student at the University of Oxford and London School of Economics and Political Science.
Julia Osborn holds an MSc in Public Sector Studies from Royal Holloway, Univeristy of London. She has also worked on the European Framework Five Programme entitled, 'Employment in the Public Sector: A Transnational Analysis'. Her thesis analyses the influence of the British New Labour government in pursuing "progressive" social democratic policies at the European level. The thesis focuses on the Lisbon Agenda and the role for EU R&D policy as key components of New Labour's policies for increasing growth and competitiveness.
Ana-Iuliana Postu joined the department in September 2008. She is writing her PhD on the Interactions between MEPs and national parties in the European Parliament (EP). The focus of her research is on the existing exchanges and lines of influence between the national parties in the European Union and their representatives in the EP. Before coming to Royal Holloway, Ana-Iuliana worked for Europe Direct, an external service of the European Commission, and in the European Parliament on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Ana-Iuliana holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the Institute of European Studies in Brussels.
Luis Simon holds an MA in European Studies from the IEP Paris/University of Bath (Euromasters) and a BA in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. Luis is a pre-doctoral fellow on the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme of the Compagnia di San Paolo - Riksbankens Jubileumsfond - VolkswagenStiftung. His research interests include the politics of the European Union, the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Transatlantic Relations, International Relations Theory, and French, British and German Foreign and Security Policy. In the past, Luis has worked on Franco British security policy co-operation in the framework of the European Security and Defence Policy. Luis is currently working towards a PhD dissertation on Franco-British-German views of the EU and NATO.
Pepijn van Houwelingen holds a BSc in Public Administration, an MSc in International Relations and an MA in Philosophy, all from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). His MSc dissertation investigated the Palestinian refugee problem in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the tension between international and regional actors and their inability to come to a solution. Pepijn undertook fieldwork for his dissertation in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. His MA dissertation focused on a similar topic – international law vs. power politics – in the light of the political theories of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Pepijn has a wide range of research interests, most importantly European and global politics, international security and conditions of war and peace. His PhD thesis will examine the results of the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy in conflict areas and its efforts at promoting peace and security.