Department of Political Science


Dr Julie Norman

Lecturer (Teaching) in Politics and International Relations
G04, 36-38 Gordon Sq.

Email: julie.norman@ucl.ac.uk

Julie Norman is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Director of the BSc programme in Politics and International Relations (PIR). She is also the Co-Director of the UCL Centre on US Politics (CUSP).

Dr. Norman has 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, she 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.


Dr. Norman’s research lies at the intersection of human rights, security, and resistance in protracted conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She is 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).  She has also published on political detention, 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. Her current research uses experimental methods to assess public opinion on political violence and polarization.


Dr. Norman currently teaches undergraduate modules ‘How to Argue About Politics,’ ‘Political Violence,’ ‘Middle East Politics,’ and 'American in the World.' She has also taught modules on ‘International Conflict and Cooperation,’ ‘Globalisation and Populism,’ ‘Human Rights and International Justice,’ ‘Social Movements,’ ‘International Development,’ and ‘International Security.’


Dr. Norman’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 the NGO Christian Aid, with fieldwork in central Africa and Myanmar. In the past she was a researcher for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the British Council in Iraq, and the US Institute of Peace (USIP). She also has on-going roles with Fighters For Peace (FFP), a Beirut-based NGO, and the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).


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

Selected Publications

Full list of publications


  • Forthcoming. Sounding Conflict. (with Fiona Magowan, Pedro Rebelo, & Stefanie Lehner)
  • 2021. The Palestinian Prisoners Movement: Disobedience and Resistance. London: Routledge.
  • 2015. Understanding Nonviolence, eds. Maia Carter Hallward & Julie M. Norman. London: Polity Press.
  • 2011.  Nonviolent Resistance: Activism and Advocacy in the Second Intifada, eds. Maia Carter Hallward and Julie M. Norman.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2010.  The Second Palestinian Intifada: Civil Resistance. London: Routledge.

Articles (peer reviewed)

  • 2022. "Other People's Terrorism: Ideology and the Perceived Legitimacy of Political Violence." Perspectives on Politics. (FirstView).
  • 2021. “Collaboration in Commissioned Research.” PS: Political Science & Politics. (April).
  • 2021. “Negotiating Detention.” Security Dialogue 52.1 (February).
  • 2020. “Beyond Hunger Strikes: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement and Everyday Resistance.” Journal of Resistance Studies 6.1: pp. 40-68.
  • 2018. “The Mobility Myth: Risk and Resilience of Refugee Youth in the MENA Region.” Forced Migration Review (February).
  • 2013. “Memory and Mobilization: Identity, Narrative and Nonviolent Resistance in the Palestinian Intifadas.”  Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 5 (July). 

Book Chapters

  • 2021. ‘Terrorism in Israel/Palestine.’ The Cambridge History of Terrorism, ed. Richard English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2020. “Getting Local Engagement Right: Key Considerations for Local-level P/CVE Research.” Researching Violent Extremism: Context, Ethics, and Methodologies. Ed. Kateira Aryaeinejad. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace (USIP). (with Andrew Mikhael).
  • 2015. “’We Do Not Work for Peace’: Reframing Resistance in the Second Palestinian Intifada.” Comparative Perspectives on Civil Resistance, ed. Kurt Schock.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.