I’m a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and a PhD fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science and the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS). I also have a monthly international affairs column in the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen, and co-edit the Scandinavian IR journal Internasjonal Politikk.

I do research on and have published on Norwegian, Russian and US foreign- and security policy, as well as theoretical work on concepts, sovereignty, liberal ideology and global order. I am particularly interested in social and political theory connected to these topics, as well as political realism, radical conservatism and liberalism in international affairs, both historically and present. Since 2013 I have been particularly interested in the ‘script’ of liberal statehood, and counter-reactions to liberal internationalism.

My phd project deals with theorising and conceptualising international ideology and counter-ideology, with a specific attention to liberal international ideology after 1989 and radical conservative reactions to it in Europe, Russia and the US. I am particularly interested in a) the limits to studying ‘identity’ as a conceptual and political category, and the political discontent emanating from the discrepancy between identity and action in self-defined liberal states, b) the limits to discursive change and rhetorical redescription, and Marxist/materialist philosophies of language and conceptual history. I’m affiliated with the research project ‘World of the Right’ at DIIS, and lead a related three-year research project at NUPI for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence on national and far right anti-liberal international politics in Europe, Russia and the US. At NUPI I am also involved in the project ‘A Conceptual History of International Relations (CHOIR).

Please follow the links above to see academic publications, my monthly column on international affairs [in Norwegian and Danish], work in progress and more.

E-mail: mh@nupi.no