New Hires at SPIRe

SPIRe is pleased to welcome five new hires to the teaching and research faculties.  Drs. James Cross, Alex Dukalskis, and Aidan Reagan will be joining the school as lecturers strengthening the school’s expertise in European Studies, International Relations and Human Rights.  Dr. Tamara Lewis has joined the school through the FP7 FRAME project with Dr. Graham Finaly as a post-doctoral researcher and Dr. Alexa Zellentin will join the school as a teaching fellow in political theory.

Dr. Cross received his PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2011 and has since undertaken post-doctoral work at ETH Zurich and EUI in Florence.  Dr. Cross’ research has focused on transparency in the decision making processes of the European Union and has featured in in the Journal of European Public Policy, the European Journal of Political Research, and European Union Politics.  Dr. Cross will be joining the School in January, 2014.

Dr. Dukalskis recently completed his dual Ph.D. in Political Science & Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2013 where he was a University Presidential Fellow.  During the 2013-14 academic year, he is lecturing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a serving as a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.  Dr. Dukalskis’ current research has focused on the ways that ideology influences authoritarian persistence in the contexts of North Korea and Burma/Myanmar, the dynamics of truth commissions and human rights tribunals in processes of transitional justice, and the ways that international human rights norms circulate, with a particular emphasis on the International Criminal Court.  His work has been published in Human Rights Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, Communist & Post-Communist Studies, and Democratization. Dr. Dukalskis will be joining the school in August, 2014.

Dr. Regan is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne, and previously was a Max Weber Fellow (MWF) in the Department of Political and Social Science, at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Dr. Regan received his PhD from UCD in 2012.  Dr. Regan’s research has examined the political economy of social pacts in Europe.  Dr Regan’s work has been published in the journals New Political Economy, andCritical Policy Studies and has a  forthcoming book on ‘The Politics of Adjustment to the Economic Monetary Union (EMU) in Europe. The Rise and Fall of Irish Corporatism’. Dr. Regan will be joining the school in February, 2014.

Dr. Lewis recently defended her PhD on ‘The Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council: Transforming the Human Rights Discourse.’  at Maastricht University and also holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University.

Dr. Zellentin studied in Leipzig and Oxford, where she wrote her PhD on Neutrality in Political Decision Making. Most recently she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Graz researching in the area of climate justice.

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