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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Dr Tristen Naylor is an expert in international summits and diplomacy. His work focuses on the G7 and G20. His most recent book, Social Closure and International Society, develops a theory to improve IR’s accounts of hierarchy, stratification, and status-seeking while analysing the history of summits since the 19th century. Dr Naylor’s current project examines the roles of ritual and performance in the reproduction of international order.

He has served as the Deputy Director of the G20 Research Group in London. He was a Fellow in International Relations at the LSE where he received the LSE's 2019 Excellence in Education Award. Before that, he was the Lecturer in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford, where, in 2016, he was named 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer' in the Social Sciences. Dr Naylor has also held posts as the Lecturer in Politics at Christ Church, Oxford, and as a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po, Paris.

Prior to his academic career, Dr Naylor served as a Policy Analyst and Advisor to the Government of Canada. In 2008 he was awarded the Canadian Public Service Award of Excellence by the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in recognition of his work. In his final post, he served as an Officer at the Canadian High Commission in London.



Assistant Professor of History and Politics
Fixed-Term Lecturer
Fellow, Trinity Hall

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