I am an International  historian with a particular interest in the diplomatic history of territories that were formerly colonised. I have researched topics such as African international history, NGOs as well as European and Belgian Diplomacy in a postcolonial context. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the history of international relations at Utrecht University, a research fellow at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa and an external fellow at Shanghai University.


I have done research in archives and universities in China, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Zambia and Nigeria.

I was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University (2015), a National Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow of the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa (2016), a Lecturer in Conflict Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2017) and a Lecturer in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University (2017-2020). I am also a senior editor for history, politics, IR and social science at the European Journal of American Studies and an H-Diplo editor.

My work has received support from a host of institutions and foundations. For a complete list, see: Grants & Awards.

Research assistant Sept-Dec 2021: Anouk Brodier



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January 2020-2021: Co-Investigator of the AHRC Project “Regionalism in East Africa c. 1900 to the present” with Christopher Vaughan (PI), Alden Young (Co-Investigator) and Mr P J O'Reilly (Researcher)