Dr Adam Bower, School of International Relations
Adam Bower is lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He was previously a SSHRC Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow at Nuffield College (2013-2015). From 2012-2013 he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Adam’s research is concerned with understanding how international law transforms global politics, and how political forces shape the development and efficacy of the law. More specifically, he examines how legal institutions – especially multilateral treaties – shape the conduct of actors by instantiating new social expectations about appropriate behaviour (norms) in the international system. Empirically, he explores this theme principally in the fields of disarmament and international humanitarian and criminal law. His teaching interests are informed by this broad research agenda, and span IR theory, international law, and international organizations and governance.
Dr Alex Davis, School of English
Alex Davis received his BA from the University of Oxford, and an MA and PhD from the University of London. His doctoral research dealt with representations of chivalry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and how these have subsequently figured in attempts to present the ‘early modern’ period as a break with the medieval past.
Alex works on the literature and culture of the English Renaissance. His research has focused on romance, popular culture, and on the prose fiction of the period. He has a particular interest in the Renaissance sense of the past and the question of the period’s relationship with both classical antiquity and the Middle Ages. He is the author of two books: Chivalry and Romance in the English Renaissance (2003) and Renaissance Historical Fiction (2011). Alex is a participant in the British Academy funded research network on ‘Seventeenth Century Fiction: Text and Transmission’.
Sheriff Lorna Drummond, QC
Lorna Drummond was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 and employed as Assistant Scottish Parliamentary Counsel and Assistant Legal Secretary to the Scottish Law Officers before being called to the Bar in 1998. She developed a wide practice in administrative and constitutional law, immigration, extradition, mental health, planning and commercial law.
From 2002 to 2007 she was appointed Standing Junior to the Home Department and instructed in immigration and human rights cases. In 2007 she was appointed by the Foreign Office as Crown Counsel for a British Overseas Territory dealing with criminal, employment and administrative law. She returned to practice at the Scottish Bar in January 2009 and took up appointments as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and Part Time Sheriff.
She was appointed ad hoc Advocate Depute in 2010 and to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel in 2011. In 2015 she became a full time resident sheriff and in 2015 was appointed Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal in the Territories of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
Professor Colin Kidd, School of History
Colin Kidd arrived at the University of St Andrews in the summer of 2012. Originally from Ayr on the other side of Scotland, and taught for over fifteen years at the University of Glasgow and, more recently, had a short spell at Queen’s University Belfast. He relishes the seemingly brighter light and fresher air of Scotland’s east coast, as well as finding St Andrews a remarkably friendly and congenial university in which to work.
His current research focuses on the intellectual history of the English Enlightenment and its nineteenth-century aftermath, particularly in fields such as antiquarianism, mythography and religious apologetic. Eventually, many years hence, these obsessions will intersect with an emerging interest in the history – and prehistory – of British anthropology. He is at his happiest riding these particular hobbyhorses, but I also have a stable of other subjects which fascinate me. These include constitutional theory, British as well as American, and the church history of my native county of Ayrshire in the age of Enlightenment. However, he is alert to the possibility that the parishes of eighteenth-century Fife might yield up treasures of their own to delight the connoisseur of theological controversy. He is also co-organiser , with Professor Gerry Carruthers (Glasgow University), of a Carnegie-funded project on the theme of ‘Literature and Union’, whose workshops and events run 2013-15 http://www.carnegie-trust.org/awards/research-grant-projects/literature-and-the-union.html
Professor Anthony F Lang, Jr, School of International Relations
Anthony F Lang, Jr holds a Chair in International Political Theory in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and is Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism. He received his PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. He was an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, Egypt from 1996-2000. From 2000-2003, he served as a programme officer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, where he directed programmes on ethics and the use of force, religion and US foreign policy, and ethics in higher education. He has served as president of the International Ethics section of the International Studies Association (2003-2004), programme chair of the Human Rights Section of ISA (2006-2008), and Chair of the International Ethics section Book Prize Committee (2009-2011). He is currently one of the co-editors of the journal, Global Constitutionalism, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International Political Theory, and Ethics & International Affairs. He is also commissioning editor of the new series, Global Ethics from Routledge Publishers.
His research focuses on the intersection of ethics, politics, and law at the global level. One stream of this research focuses on global constitutionalism, or how various aspects of the international political and legal order relate to the rule of law and an institutional balance of power. A second stream of research focuses on the responsibility of both individuals and states in the international legal and political order. A third stream focuses on constitutionalism in the Middle East, with particular attention to Egypt and the politics and law of the post-Arab Spring. A fourth stream of research focuses on the ethical and legal issues of the use of military force largely within the framework of the just war tradition.
Dr Myles Lavan, School of Classics
Myles Lavan‘s main focus is a project to quantify the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces from Augustus to Caracalla and rethink the history of citizenship in the light of the results. The project is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2014-15). He presents the methodology and the preliminary results in an article forthcoming in Past & Present 2016: ‘The spread of
Roman citizenship 14-212 CE: Quantification in the face of high uncertainty’.
Dr Lavan is also working on a commentary on Tacitus Annals 14 with Christopher Whitton and wrapping up a comparative study of elite integration in ancient empires on which he has been collaborating with Richard Payne and John Weisweiler for the past three years. The project has resulted in an edited volume, Cosmopolitanism and empire: Universal rulers, local elites and cultural integration in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, forthcoming in OUP’sOxford Studies in Early Empires series. He is also working to expand on Slaves to Rome (Cambridge, 2013) with a number of article-length studies further exploring how the Roman elite conceived of their imperial project.
Dr Mateja Peter, School of International Relations
Mateja Peter joined the School of International Relations in September 2015. Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), where she continues to collaborate on a number of projects. Dr Peter has also held a transatlantic post-doctoral fellowship (TAPIR) at the United States Institute of Peace, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Dr Peter’s interests include global governance and international organisations, peace operations and peacebuilding, the politics of international law, and IR theory (critical and constructivist approaches, international political sociology). She is interested in both theoretical and policy implications of the shift from short-term to sustained third-party engagements in contemporary interventions. Dr Peter is currently working on a book on international authority in statebuilding and an edited volume on United Nations peace operations in a changing global order.
Professor Nigel Rapport, School of Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Film and Music
Nigel Rapport, MA (Cambridge), PhD (Manchester) holds the Chair of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies in the Department of Social Anthropology, and is currently Head of School of Philosophy, Social Anthropology and Film. He is Founding Director of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies (CCS).
Between 2004 and 2007 he held a Canada Research Chair in Globalization, Citizenship and Justice (at Concordia University of Montreal). He has also been a Visiting Professor at Aarhus University (2011), at the Polish Institute of Anthropology (2009), at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (2002-6), at Melbourne University (2004), and at Copenhagen University (2000). Before St. Andrews he held tenured positions at Manchester University (1989-1993) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (1988-1989).
Nigel Rapport’s research interests include: social theory; phenomenology; individual identity, character and consciousness; literary anthropology, narrative and aesthetics; symbolic interactionism, community studies and conversation analysis; globalization and cosmopolitanism, liberalism and freedom.
His recent books include: Community, Cosmopolitanism, and the Problem of Human Commonality [with Vered Amit] (Pluto 2012); Anyone, the Cosmopolitan Subject of Anthropology (Berghahn 2012); Distortion and Love: An Anthropological Reading of the Art and Life of Stanley Spencer (Ashgate 2016); and as editor: Human Nature as Capacity: Transcending Discourse and Classification (Berghahn 2010); Reveries of Home: Nostalgia, Authenticity and the Performance of Place [with S. Williksen] (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010); Reflections on Imagination, [with M. Harris] (Ashgate 2015).
Professor Nicholas Rengger, School of International Relations
Nicholas Rengger is Professor of Political Theory and International Relations at St Andrews and until 31 August 2016, will also be the Head of the School of International Relations. He was also (2011-2014) a Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York (2011-2014) And now holds that position emeritus. He has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics (1992), University of Southern California (1995-6), and the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at the University Of Nottingham (2010), and has served on the Executive of the British International Studies Association (2003-2010), the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (2000-2001) and the Governing Council of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House (1997-2001). He is a fellow of the Academia Europeaea.
With a background in general intellectual history, philosophy, and political and international theory, his scholarly and teaching interests range across International Relations, Politics, Theology, Philosophy, Social Thought and History and he therefore works across and between disciplines as well as within them.