Staff Research Interests
Our staff have a wide range of research interests across politics, international relations, philosophy and religion.
Philosophy of Psychiatry
- Role of observation and theory in psychiatric classification
- Realism and truth in psychiatric classification
- Conceptual flexibility of psychiatric classifications
History of Autism
- Historical evolution of notions of autism
- Alternative notions such as childhood schizophrenia
- Psychoanalytical notions of autism
I am a political anthropologist interested in borders, citizenship and non-citizenship, human rights and new security technologies. I study the European Union, in particular its governance of justice and home affairs, including immigration and asylum. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Poland and Ukraine to understand the human consequences of the transformation of the border between those two countries into an external border of the EU. The outcome of this project is my book Building Fortress Europe. The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012. My current research follows up on these interests, encompassing projects which concern maritime migration across the Mediterranean, accounting for human rights breaches in Europe, and digital rebordering and cybersecurity.