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 Vice Dean of Advancement and Alumni for the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences (SHS). I am also the Deputy Director of the UCL Centre on US Politics (CUSP), and a Senior Associate Fellow (International Security/Middle East) at RUSI.

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 also held fellowships at MIT and Dartmouth College.


I have a diverse research portfolio with interests in conflict, political violence, and divided societies. I use mixed methods to investigate security, rights, and resistance in protracted conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East, and I have used experimental methods to assess public opinion on political violence and polarization in the United States and the UK. I am currently writing a book on the political history of Gaza (Polity 2025).

I am the author of The Palestinian Prisoners Movement: Disobedience and Resistance (Routledge 2021), and four books on unarmed resistance and creative activism, including Sounding Conflict (Bloomsbury 2023), 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, the Journal of Global Security Studies, 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:
S2 Ep2 | Trump’s Legacy and the Biden Presidency
S3 Ep1 | Biden’s First 100 Days
S4 Ep3 | Prison Protests in Palestine
S9 Ep10 | The State of US Politics


My academic research and teaching is complemented by my work in policy and practice. I have been a consultant with the British Council in Iraq, and I have been 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) 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), the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD), and other national and international agencies. 


I am a frequent guest on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, other media outlets, and I have published widely in the Washington PostThe Hill, Newsweek, and The Conversation. I also hosted 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: ‘Political Violence,' ‘Middle East Politics,’ and ‘America in the World (US Foreign Policy),' and I am developing a new module on 'Disagreeing Well.'

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.’