CISRUL Faculty Members

CISRUL core members

Chris Brittain is a theologian who is interested in the ongoing debates within Christian theology over how Christian churches relate externally to the communities outside them, both in their secular and multi-faith varieties.

Karin Friedrich focuses on the theory and practice of citizenship in the context of mixed monarchy and parliamentarianism in early modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. She holds the Chair in Early Modern History and is Co-Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) at the University of Aberdeen.  Her research relates to a wider picture of the long-term contribution of pre-modern civil society to reform and modernisation, the development of the rule of law, and modern forms of political engagement.

Tamas Gyorfi has published articles on the different conceptions of the Rule of Law and the virtues of rule-based decision-making which is arguably central to the idea of the Rule of Law. He is also interested in how different constitutions and political theories conceptualise and interpret the concept of constituent power and the membership in a political community. He is a member of the Legal Theory Research Group.

Nadia Kiwan is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Francophone Studies.  With a dual academic training in Francophone Studies and Sociology, Dr Kiwan’s research interests are focused on postcolonial approaches to questions of migration, nationality, secularism and citizenship in contemporary France. She is currently writing a book about Islam, secularism and public intellectuals in contemporary France and she would be keen to supervise students with interests relating to citizenship, migration, cultural and religious diversity in contemporary Europe.

Trevor Stack is an anthropologist who teaches in Hispanic Studies and is working on citizenship. He has published Knowing History in Mexico: An Ethnography of Citizenship (2012), and is lead editor of the CISRUL volume Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty (2015). His articles include Beyond the State? Civil sociality and other notions of citizenship and In the eyes of the law, in the eyes of society: a citizenship tradition in west Mexico.

Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, Co-Director of both the Centre for Global Security and Governance and the Centre for Modern Thought, and Scientific Lead on the EU-funded Arab Transformations consortium. In 2015-16, Andrea held a visiting fellowship at the University of Amsterdam. His current research focuses on the politics of democracy promotion in Euro-Mediterranean relations. He has also published extensively on Egyptian politics, knowledge production in Social Science, and the work of Michel Foucault. He is a regular contributor to OpenDemocracy and The Conversation, and has appeared on national and international media, including the BBC, France24, CBC, SBS, Al-Jazeera, RAI, and Deutsche Welle.

CISRUL associates

We work closely with other Aberdeen staff, for example in co-supervising PhD students, including:

  • Matyas Bodig (Law) is a legal theorist who has a long-standing interest in human rights, with a focus on doctrinal development in the jurisprudence of international human rights bodies, as well as in the relation of citizenship and civil society to rule of law.
  • Michael Brown (History) is an intellectual and cultural historian who has written extensively on civil society in 18th century Europe.
  • Nigel Dower (retired, Philosophy) writes about cosmopolitan ethics, and is the author of Global Citizenship (2003).
  • Robert Frost (History) is a leading scholar of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, as well as an expert on the comparative study of political unions.
  • Cristina Flesher Fominaya (Sociology) is a leading expert on social movements, and has been working recently on anti-austerity protests in Spain and Ireland.
  • Rachel Shanks (Education) has a background in Law but is lecturing in Education, and is a member of CISRUL’s Schooling in Political Community project team (see other tab).
  • Ritu Vij (Politics & IR) is a political theorist with a longstanding interest in Japan but now commencing research in India.

Full PhD supervisory pool

Supervisor Department Expertise
Dr Trevor Stack Spanish and Latin American Studies Citizenship
Prof. Christopher Brittain Divinity Social & Political Theology
Prof. Karin Friedrich History Early Modern History
Dr Tamas Gyorfi Law Legal Theory and Comparative Constitutional Law
Dr Nadia Kiwan French French and Francophone Cultures and Societies
Dr Andrea Teti Politics & IR Democracy, Democratization and Democracy-promotion
Prof. Claire Wallace Sociology Digital Economy
Prof. Robert Frost History Eastern European and Scandinavian History
Prof. Michael Keating Politics & IR European politics
Dr Ritu Vij Politics & IR Social Policy and International Political Economy
Dr Robert Taylor Law Legal and Political Constitutionalism
Prof. Pamela Abbott Politics & IR Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research
Dr Rachel Shanks Education Learning and Development
Prof. Michael Brown History Irish, Scottish and Enlightenment History
Prof. Thomas Weber History History and International Affairs
Dr. Matyas Bodig Law Legal Theory and Human Rights
Dr Brian Brock Divinity Moral and Practical Theology
Dr Eva Herschinger Politics & IR Poststructuralism in International Relations
Dr Adelyn Wilson Law Legal History