I am an Assistant Professor in Normative International Theory at the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the University of Oxford. I am also a Senior Associate at Principia Advisory SARL, a consultancy firm specialized in ethics.
My research focuses on international law and ethics in international relations, specifically in war. My current work investigates the legal, moral and military implications of collateral damage in air warfare. More generally, I am interested in how legal and moral imperatives interact with strategic thinking and technological developments to explain conduct in war and the development of armed conflict. I also work on IR theory, specifically constructivism and the intersection of explanatory IR theories with normative political theory.
I was previously employed as a Departmental Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, where I also served as Associate-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and the Deputy Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War (CCW).
I hold a bachelor’s degree ‘with Honors’ from the Technical University Dresden in Germany. And I have undertaken graduate studies in International Relations in Cambridge, Princeton, and Oxford. My doctoral studies were supported by the German Academic Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and Merton College’s Domus Scholarship. The resulting dissertation has won two academic awards, the “Lord Bryce Prize for the Best Dissertation in International Relations and Comparative Politics” and Oxford University’s prize for an outstanding thesis in the area of international peace and understanding. It appeared as a Monograph with Cambridge University Press in 2015.
Blog Post: The DoD Law of War Manual and the False Appeal of Differentiating Types of Civilians, Just Security (1 December 2016)
Blog Post: Assessing Proportionality: An Unreasonable Demand on the Reasonable Military Commander, Intercross and EJIL Talk! (11 October 2016)
Review of Legitimate Targets? by Alvina Hoffman in International Affairs Vol.14, No.5 (September 2016)
Legitimate Targets? Is the Runner-up for the 2016 Birk's Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, awarded by the Society of Legal Scholars
Blog Post on Gender Equality in Academia: Five Don'ts for Introducing a Female Speaker
Duck of Minerva
Reposted: The Times Higher Education
Reposted: The Global Education Network
Review of Legitimate Targets? by Matthew Evangelista, "Is war too easy?" Perspectives on Politics Vol.14, No.1 (March 2016) http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=10237030&fulltextType=RV&fileId=S1537592715003278