I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota's Political Science Department. My research focus lies at the intersection of changes in the world order and possibilities of global governance projects, with an emphasis on the politics of universal value and expertise.
My research pivots from the contemporary global political context where the ideational bases of the liberal international order are under increased stress, but a coherent alternative for a new order, based on a different ideational basis, has not yet emerged. This raises the question of how global governance projects, which put the ideational bases of the world order to work in particular areas, can generate shared value, mold actors and produce desired behavior on the one hand, and produce themselves as authoritative and legitimate on the other.
Against the broader background of increased ideational divides, culture – as both political culture and thick understandings of cultural identity – increasingly emerges as an axis of division in global politics. This axis of division is expressed and becomes intractable at the intersection of attempts to govern through putatively universal forms of culture on the one hand and resistance to such attempts through alternative conceptions of culture and demands for the recognition of cultural plurality on the other.
My dissertation research asks, through the key yet under-explored site of the world heritage regime, what possibilities of governance exist for a regime that attempts to govern across the global political division of culture? I argue that attempts to govern across a global political divide can transform the regime into a stage where competing recognition demands from the world order are put forth and negotiated. Far from generating shared value, insistence on putatively universal values and forms, in this context, can exacerbate the divides and further fracture the regime. At the same time, the pursuit of governance amidst these divisions produces and points to alternative sources of value, actors and mechanisms of cooperation that can mediate this divided context.
I aim for my dissertation research to contribute to the academic debates on the changing terrain of global politics, the challenges to the liberal international order, and the possible futures of global governance projects instituted under this international order.
My work has been supported by the Robert T. Holt Distinguished Dissertation Development Fellowship.
I received my B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from Vassar College in 2006, and my MSc (distinction) in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009.