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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



My primary research interests are the history and theory of international relations, especially the systemic or structural transformation of international orders. I am also interested in the history of nationalism, the politics of identity and difference, and the practice of conceptual history. My PhD dissertation traces the genealogy of ethnicity, focusing on the significance of this concept in the constitution of the modern states-system. My postdoctoral research project explores the concept of the nomad.


Key publications: 

(2020) ‘The Nationalism-Populism Matrix’, Journal of Political Ideologies, advance online publication,


(2020) ‘Found in Translation: The Global Constitution of the Modern International Order’, International Theory, advance online publication,


(2020) with Dylan M. H. Loh, ‘Liminal Sovereignty Practices: Rethinking the Inside/‌Outside Dichotomy’, Cooperation and Conflict, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 284-304,


(2019) ‘Spectra of Sovereignty: Nationalism and International Relations’, International Political Sociology, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 315-332,

Postdoctoral Researcher
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 Jaakko  Heiskanen

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