Founding members

Professor Trevor Stack
CISRUL Director

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.

Professor Michael Brown
Irish, Scottish and Enlightenment History

Michael Brown is a historian of Ireland, Scotland and Britain more widely, with particular interest in the Enlightenment and the political culture of the eighteenth century.

Professor Karin Friedrich
Early Modern History

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.

Professor Tamas Gyorfi
Legal Theory and Comparative Constitutional Law

Tamas Gyorfi (CISRUL Deputy) 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.

Professor Nadia Kiwan
French and Francophone Cultures and Societies

Nadia Kiwan is Senior Lecturer in Francophone Studies. With a dual academic training in Francophone Studies and Sociology, Dr Kiwan’s research interests are focused on intersectional approaches to questions of migration, nationality, secularism and citizenship. Her latest monograph Secularism, Islam and public intellectuals in contemporary France was published in 2019.

Professor Andrea Teti
Democracy, Democratization and Democracy-promotion

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. His current research focuses on the politics of democracy promotion in Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Current CISRUL faculty

Professor Pamela Abbott
Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research
Professor Matyas Bodig
Legal Theory and Human Rights
Professor Brian Brock
Moral and Practical Theology
Prof Michael Brown
Irish, Scottish and Enlightenment History
Dr Alessandra Cecolin
Political History
Professor Karin Friedrich
Early Modern History
Professor Robert Frost
Eastern European and Scandinavian History
Professor Tamas Gyorfi
Legal Theory and Comparative Constitutional Law
Professor Michael Keating
European Politics
Professor Nadia Kiwan
French and Francophone Cultures and Societies
Dr Michael Laffin
Early Modern Political Theology
Professor Beth Lord
Early Modern Political Thought
Dr. Denisse Román-Burgos
Social Anthropology
Dr Rachel Shanks
Education
Professor Trevor Stack
Political Anthropology
Dr Robert Taylor
Legal and Political Constitutionalism
Dr Andrea Teti
Democracy, Democratization and Democracy-promotion
Dr Ritu Vij
Social Policy and International Political Economy
Professor Claire Wallace
Digital Economy
Professor Thomas Weber
History and International Affairs
Professor Adelyn Wilson
Legal History