Dr Julie Norman
Dr. Julie Norman is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, and Co-Director of the Politics and International Relations Programme in the School of Public Policy (SPP).
Her research focuses on resistance, rights, and security in protracted conflicts, and she is the author of three books on nonviolent activism. She also engages in applied research for the UN, EU, and various NGOs and governmental bodies in the areas of conflict, peacebuilding, and development. At UCL, she is a member of SPP’s Conflict & Change group, and a founding member of SPP’s Centre on US Politics (CUSP) and UCL’s Middle East Research Centre.
The host of the podcast, the Julie Norman Show, she is also a frequent commentator and analyst for the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, France24, and other media outlets, and her op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill, Newsweek, and other publications.
Prior to UCL, she was a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast and a Lecturer in Politics at McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. A native of Washington, DC, she earned a PhD in International Relations at American University, and an undergraduate degree at Duke University.
Dr. Norman’s research lies at the intersection of political resistance, human rights, and security 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/countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Her research has been supported by the AHRC, ESRC, and British Academy, and she was a recipient of the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.
Dr. Norman teaches undergraduate modules on Political Violence, Middle East Politics, International Conflict & Cooperation, and How To Argue About Politics. She is also Co-Director of the BSc programme in Politics and International Relations (PIR).
Dr. Norman’s academic research is complemented by applied research in the areas of conflict, security, peace-building and development. She is currently a co-PI on the EU-funded project, ‘Assessing Conflict Sensitivity and Community Resilience in Humanitarian Programming’ with Christian Aid Ireland, based on ongoing fieldwork in central Africa and Myanmar. Previous projects include research for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the US Institute of Peace (USIP) the British Council in Iraq, and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies. She also has on-going research roles with Fighters For Peace (FFP), a Beirut-based NGO, and the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).
Dr. Norman is a frequent contributor and political analyst for the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, France24, DW, Euronews, British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), and other media outlets, and her op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill, Newsweek, The Conversation, and other publications.
Areas of expertise include:
- US politics
- Middle East politics
- Protests and social movements
- Security, terrorism, and violent extremism
- Human rights and development
Books (peer reviewed):
- Forthcoming. Parallel Time: The Palestinian Prisoners Movement.
- 2021. Sounding Conflict. (With Fiona McGowan, Pedro Rebelo, Stefanie Lehner, & Jim Donaghey). London: Bloomsbury.
- 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):
- 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).
Book Chapters (peer reviewed):
- 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)
- 2019. Assessing Conflict Sensitivity and Community Resilience in Humanitarian Programmes. Dublin: Christian Aid/Irish Aid.
- 2019. The Role of Community-Level Leaders in Preventing Violent Extremism among Youth. Beirut: Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS)