I completed my PhD in 2007 at Queen’s University, Belfast. From 2008-2018, I worked at the University of Brighton, UK and in 2014, I was given a ‘Rising Star’ award. In June 2018, I joined Loughborough University, London through the Excellence 100 framework as a Reader in International Politics at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance.

In August 2021, I became Professor of International Politics. I also became Associate Dean for Research for the London campus in May 2021.

I have been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence and the European Centre for Minority Issues in Germany.

I am currently working with Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Dr Petre Breazu on his ‘Romaphobia in an Age of Populism: A Study of UK and Swedish Media and Political Discourse’ which examines textual and visual media discourse.

I was awarded a EURIAS Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam where I was based from September 2018-July 2019. I was also a Marie Curie Fellow awarded by the European Commission.

I was Principal Investigator of an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded project ‘Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey’ from 2016-2018 working with colleagues at Glasgow Caledonia University, University of Brighton and Bilgi University, Istanbul.

I supervised a British Academy Newton International Fellow, Ozge Ozduzen, whose work focuses on social movements in Turkey. I also supervised Dr. Lucie Fremlova, on her CEU Budapest Post Doctoral Fellowship on LGBTIQ Roma. I have advised local government in the UK, NGOs and charities in central and eastern Europe and international organisations regarding minority representation and participation.