Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
(PhD Arizona State, MA Louisiana State, BA Alabama at Birmingham)
The British Journal of Politics & International Relations
African and postcolonial politics; the political economy of development and emerging markets; American and comparative politics.
I currently convene three undergraduate modules: Africa in the Global Political Economy, American Politics and the School's Internship which places final year students with a range of public bodies in Northern Ireland. I also contribute generally to the Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree programme. At MA level I contribute primarily to International Political Economy.
My research background is in comparative politics and southern African politics, with a long standing interest in political economy and the history of political thought in terms of how these fields of study bear on our understanding of political transitions, development, democratisation and the evolving nature of the postcolonial world. My research has increasingly become focussed on Africa's changing role in the global economy, in the context of the BRICS and emerging markets generally. Another area of research I have been developing recently concerns comparative and theoretical aspects of Anglo-American conservatism and its applicability to the study of postcolonial politics.
Specific research interest include: Africa's role in the global economy; state-business relations and their impact on development; the legacy of settler colonialism; political transitions in Anglophone colonial contexts; the history of capitalism in Southern Africa; corporate governance in developing countries; relations between North and South in the global economy; conservatism and economic development. Most of these research projects relate to my longstanding fascination with the philosophical and political origins of development as a concept and the theoretical debates on what constitutes progress and development as defined by orthodox and post-development approaches to the subject.
My research at Queen’s has been funded by the ESRC World Economy and Finance Research Programme, the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation. Publications indicative of my key research interested have appeared in journals such as Political Studies, Political Geography, Business & Society, Third World Quarterly, Democratization, and Journal of Contemporary African Studies. I am the author of Africa’s Development Impasse: Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation (Zed Books) and am currently writing a book entitled Conservatism and Postcolonial Politics (under contract with Routledge).
Current research projects:- South Africa's emerging market status and implications for development in Africa (funded by the Nuffield Foundation);
I am happy to supervise research students in areas related to my research interests outlined above, as well as postcolonial politics and the political economy of development more generally.
Current and recently completed PhD supervision projects include, among others:
- Non-state actors and Official Development Assistance in the OECD's Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness;
- the impact of philantrophic and private donors on Irish foreign aid;
- South African and Indian participation in the G20;
- The WTO and politics of economic liberalization in the UAE;
- comparative social movements and protest in Europe.