Léonie de Jonge
Léonie is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, she studied in North Dakota and Iowa, and holds a BA in IR from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and an MPhil in IR and Politics from the University of Cambridge. Léonie works with Julie Smith on right-wing populist parties. She is specifically interested in the question why these parties are more successful in the Netherlands and Flanders than in Wallonin and in Luxembourg.
Among other things, Léonie has published blogs on First Brexit and now Trump: what is populism and how might we view it? and The Nationalist International: Is There a Brown Network in the Making?
Vladimir is a Peterhouse doctoral researcher in Politics and International Studies. His research interests include the European Union (CSDP missions and operations), the United Nations, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, migration, religion and identity politics. He pursued research and studies at Trinity College Dublin, Humboldt University Berlin and Comenius University of Bratislava. He also pursued exchange studies at the University of Ottawa, Georg-August University in Göttingen, Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen and Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg.
At Cambridge, he supervises in International Relations II: Ethics and World Politics. He is co-author of 'United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)', published in the Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations (eds. by Koops J. et al. 2014). He has professional experience with the United Nations Secretariat (Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Mine Action Service), international NGOs and civil society organisations.
Molly is a PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge. She has completed a BA in history and philosophy at the University of Hawaiʻi and a Master of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. Among others, she has interned at the European Parliament and the Polish Embassy in Kiev.
Her research interests are European integration, the transformation of the former Eastern bloc and the relationship between identity politics and security in Europe. Molly's current work concerns the role of former Soviet bloc states in the EU and NATO. Her dissertation focuses on Poland's foreign policy during its membership in the EU. She examine how membership in the EU affected Poland's norms and priorities in the area of foreign policy and how Poland projected some of its interest and norms upon the EU-level. This relates to a larger question about Western international institutions as 'agents of socialization' in the former Soviet bloc.
Sebastian is PhD candidate at POLIS, University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, Sebastian studied politics and economics in Osnabrück and Glasgow, specialising in European politics. He has worked as teaching assistant and completed an internship at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn. In 2013, he was awarded an ESRC Studentship for conducting his doctoral research at the University of Cambridge.
His research interests range from European studies to political economy, specifically European integration, European Union politics, foreign and development policies, and economic development. Currently, Sebastian is working on aid and development policies within the European Union. This includes published work on the EU’s multi-level aid system, and the construction of the EU's approach to aid conditionality. His PhD thesis examines how and on what grounds EU member states collaborate in aid and development within the EU's institutional system.