Founding members

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

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.

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.

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 and she would be keen to supervise students with interests relating to citizenship, migration, cultural and religious diversity in contemporary Europe.

Trevor Stack (CISRUL Director) 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.

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. In 2015-16, Andrea held a visiting fellowship at the University of Amsterdam. His current research focuses on the politics of democracy promotion in Euro-Mediterranean relations. He has also published extensively on Egyptian politics, knowledge production in Social Science, and the work of Michel Foucault. He is a regular contributor to OpenDemocracy and The Conversation, and has appeared on national and international media, including the BBC, France24, CBC, SBS, Al-Jazeera, RAI, and Deutsche Welle.

Current CISRUL faculty

Faculty memberExpertise
Prof. Pamela AbbottQualitative and Quantitative Social Research
Dr Matyas BodigLegal Theory and Human Rights
Dr Brian BrockMoral and Practical Theology
Prof. Michael BrownIrish, Scottish and Enlightenment History
Dr Alessandra CecolinPolitical History
Prof. Karin FriedrichEarly Modern History
Prof. Robert FrostEastern European and Scandinavian History
Dr Tamas GyorfiLegal Theory and Comparative Constitutional Law
Prof. Michael KeatingEuropean Politics
Dr Nadia KiwanFrench and Francophone Cultures and Societies
Dr Michael LaffinEarly Modern Political Theology
Dr Beth LordEarly Modern Political Thought
Dr Rachel ShanksEducation
Dr Trevor StackPolitical Anthropology
Dr Robert TaylorLegal and Political Constitutionalism
Dr Andrea TetiDemocracy, Democratization and Democracy-promotion
Dr Ritu VijSocial Policy and International Political Economy
Prof. Claire WallaceDigital Economy
Prof. Thomas WeberHistory and International Affairs
Dr Adelyn WilsonLegal History