Political Theory Democratic theory Liberalism Democracy and Democratic Theory Norms, legitimacy and justification
I am a first year DPhil student in political theory, supervised by Professor Lois McNay. My research interests centre on democratic deliberation, justification, secularism and religious pluralism.
I also have a long-standing sub-interest in forced migration.
Prior to my doctoral research I completed an MPhil in Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) at the University of Melbourne, where I majored in History and Russian Language.
I have worked in an array of areas outside of academia. Before coming to Oxford I worked as a policy researcher in Brussels and the Balkans, with a focus on the Balkans as a transit route for forced migration flows to Europe.
Directly prior to beginning my doctorate I undertook research in Cairo on the practices and conceptual frameworks employed by religious groups engaged in inter-religious dialogue.
2014 Archbishop Mannix Travelling Scholarship
2011 Brian Fitzpatrick Prize for Best Thesis in Australian History, University of Melbourne
Conference Papers and Presentations
- ‘Deliberation Through Difference: The Merits of Hermeneutical Conversation,’ Trinity College Dublin, Interdisciplinary Conference on the Role of the Church in a Pluralist Society’, forthcoming June 2016.
- ‘The Politics of Moral Learning: Interfaith Dialogue and Engaged Understanding,’ Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religious Pluralism, European University Institute, January 2015.
- ‘Principled Politics?: The Liberal Politics of Mandatory Detention,’ London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought, June 2014
- ‘From Back Door to Front Door: Forced Migration Routes Through Macedonia to Croatia,’ Jesuit Refugee Service Europe Policy Paper Launch, Brussels, June 2013.
- 'The Road to Calais: Migration, Trauma and the Challenges of Local Reconciliation', COMPAS Oxford, February, 2016.