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 theoretical work on concepts, sovereignty, liberal ideology and global order. I also do research on the international ideas of the national Right, and Norwegian and Russian foreign- and security policy. I am particularly interested in social and political theory connected to the international sphere, and more broadly, ideas of conservatism, realism and liberalism in international affairs.

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 especially 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 its intersections with conceptual history.

I’m a part of 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, some available through external translation in Danish, Russian and English], work in progress and more.

E-mail: mh@nupi.no