Department of Political Science


Dr Julie Norman

Julie Norman
Associate Professor (Teaching) in Politics and International Relations
G.04, 36-38 Gordon Square

Email: julie.norman@ucl.ac.uk


I am currently Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations and Director of the BSc programme in Politics and International Relations (PIR). I am also the Co-Director of the UCL Centre on US Politics (CUSP).

I have a PhD in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC, with concentrations in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, and a BA from Duke University. Prior to joining UCL, I 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.


I have a diverse research portfolio with interests in conflict, political violence, and divided societies. My current research uses experimental methods to assess public opinion on political violence and polarization in the United States, and my previous research used mixed methods to investigate security, rights, and resistance in protracted conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East. 

I am the author of The Palestinian Prisoners Movement: Disobedience and Resistance (Routledge 2021), and three books on unarmed resistance, including Understanding Nonviolence (Polity 2015) and The Second Palestinian Intifada: Civil Resistance (Routledge 2010). I have also published on political imprisonment, conflict and development, and critical approaches to preventing/combatting violent extremism (P/CVE), with recent publications in Perspectives on Politics, Security Dialogue, PS: Politics & Political Science, and other journals. 

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Podcast: UCL Uncovering Politics

Hear Dr Norman speak about her research on the following podcast episodes:
S1 Ep5 | The US Elections: What’s Next?
S2 Ep2 | Trump’s Legacy and the Biden Presidency
S3 Ep1 | Biden’s First 100 Days
S4 Ep3 | Prison Protests in Palestine


My academic research and teaching is complemented by my work in policy and practice. I am currently a lead researcher on the project ‘Conflict Sensitivity and Community Resilience in Conflict Zones’ with the NGO Christian Aid, with fieldwork in central Africa and Myanmar. In the past I was a researcher for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the British Council in Iraq, and the US Institute of Peace (USIP), and I have provided expert analysis to the US State Department, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and other national and international agencies. I also have ongoing roles with Fighters For Peace (FFP), a Beirut-based NGO, and the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).


I am a frequent guest on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Euronews, other media outlets, and I have published widely in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill, Newsweek, and The Conversation. I am also the host of the podcast, The Julie Norman Show.

Selected publications

Journal articles
Book chapters
  • Norman, J. M. and Foerch, C. (Forthcoming) ‘Former Fighters and Preventing Violent Extremism in Lebanon’, in G. Clubb, R. Scrivens and M. Islam (eds.) Former Extremists: Roles in Preventing and Countering Violence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Norman, J. M. (2023) ‘Resistance: Performing the Frontline’, in F. Magowan, P. Rebelo, S. Lehner, J. M. Norman and A. Phillips-Hutton (eds.) Sounding Conflict. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Norman, J. M. (2021) ‘Terrorism in Israel/Palestine’, in R. English (ed.) The Cambridge History of Terrorism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 149–172).
  • Mikhael, D. and Norman, J. M. (2020) ‘Getting Local Engagement Right: Key Considerations for Local-level P/CVE Research’, in K. Aryaeinejad (ed.) Researching Violent Extremism: Context, Ethics, and Methodologies. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
  • Norman, J. M. (2015) ‘“We Do Not Work for Peace”: Reframing Nonviolence in Post-Oslo Palestine’, in K. Schock (ed.) Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 35–58.

View a full list of publications on my website


I currently convene the undergraduate modules: ‘How to Argue About Politics’; ‘Political Violence’; ‘Middle East Politics’; and ‘America in the World (US Foreign Policy)’.

I have also taught modules on: ‘International Conflict and Cooperation’; ‘Globalisation and Populism’; ‘Human Rights and International Justice’; ‘Social Movements’; ‘International Development’; and ‘International Security’.