Department of Political Science


Dr Marina Duque

Marina wear a baby blue blazer and stands in front on a grey building. She is smiling
Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in International Relations
Room: 3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: marina.duque@ucl.ac.uk


I am an Associate Lecturer and the Deputy Director of the International Public Policy MSc Programme in the UCL Department of Political Science. In addition, I currently serve as the Co-Organizer of the Political Networks Online Colloquium (PNOC). Previously, I was an Assistant Professor at Florida State University, held postdoctoral fellowships at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (Princeton University) and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard Kennedy School), and was the Managing Editor of Security Studies. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Before entering academia, I worked as a career diplomat in Brazil. 


In my previous position as a diplomat, I experienced first-hand the search for international status: like other emerging powers, Brazil then strove to be recognized as an equal by the great powers. But while a growing scholarly consensus indicates that the search for status motivates foreign policy and may even cause wars, we still understand little about how countries achieve status or how status motivates political behaviour. My research engages these debates by (1) drawing from a multi-disciplinary body of work and (2) using methods like social network analysis and survey experiments. My work has been awarded the Political Ties Award (American Political Science Association), the DPLST Article Award, and the Theory Section’s Best Paper Award (International Studies Association).


Journal articles




Book chapters


  • Duque, Marina. 2016. “The Rascals’ Paradise: Brazilian National Identity in 2010.” In Making Identity Count: Building a National Identity Database, edited by Ted Hopf and Bentley B. Allan, 47-62. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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I teach modules on International Public Policy and International Conflict and Cooperation. I am interested in supervising dissertations on foreign policy (especially in the United States and Brazil), emerging powers, and the future of the post-1945 international order. I am also interested in dissertations that use methods such as surveys and experiments, social network analysis, and concept formation and measurement.