Department of Political Science


Dr Julie Norman

Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Julie Norman is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. She has a PhD in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC, with concentrations in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining UCL, Julie was a Research Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, and a Lecturer in Politics at McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Research Interests 

Julie’s research lies at the intersection of human rights, security, and political activism in protracted conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She is the author of three books on unarmed resistance, including Understanding Nonviolence (Polity 2015), and she has a forthcoming book on the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.  She has also published on political detention, the role of ex-combatants in post-conflict societies, and critical approaches to preventing/combatting violent extremism (P/CVE).


Julie has taught modules on Human Rights and International Justice, Social Movements, International Development, International Security, International Relations, Middle East Politics, the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. At UCL she teaches undergraduate modules on Globalisation and Populism and How to Argue in Politics. 


Julie’s academic research and teaching is complemented by her work in policy and practice. She is currently a lead researcher on the project “Conflict Sensitivity and Community Resilience in Conflict Zones” with Christian Aid Ireland, with fieldwork in central Africa and Myanmar. In the past she was a researcher for the UNDP, the British Council in Iraq, and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies. She also has on-going roles with Fighters For Peace (FFP), a Beirut-based NGO, and the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).


Julie is a frequent guest on the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, France24, and other media outlets, and she has published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill, Newsweek, and the Conversation. She is also the host of the podcast, The Julie Norman Show.