My research focuses on international relations.
I am particularly interested in international political sociology, stigma, status, recognition, norms, diplomacy, sovereignty, European integration, social media and digital technologies.
I am engaged in the practice turn and, more broadly, in using insights and methods from sociology, anthropology and computational science to study world politics.
I am the PI of the ERC-project DIPLOFACE investigating the relationship between diplomatic negotiations and the public, taking the concept of ‘face-work’ to the international level. I also direct the research group Digital Disinformation exploring how disinformation spreads in the context of international conflicts and how it impacts public debate. Moreover, I am Deputy Director of the Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS). I am also co-PI of the interdisciplinary research project HOPE: How Democracies Cope with Covid-19.
In 2019, I received The Danish Elite Research Prize. In 2016 I was awarded the silver medal by The Royal Danish Academy for Sciences and Letters and in 2015, I received the Nils Klim Prize and in 2014, the ‘Rising Star and Lecturer of the Year’ award of the Swedish Political Science Association’s IR section.
I am the author of Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which develops a political sociology and practice theory of European integration, drawing on Bourdieu and Goffman, to explore the everyday diplomacy and stigmatisation of the UK and Denmark due their opt-outs from the EU. The book has received the 2015 Susan Strange Book Prize from the British International Studies Association and was the co-winner of the 2015 IPS Book Award, International Political Sociology Section, International Studies Association.
I am a former Head of Section in the Department of European Policy, at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, I was a project manager at the Confederation of Danish Industry and research analyst at the Danish Institute for International Studies.
You can read more about my research in this interview with E-International Relations or in this portrait article (in Danish)