Emily Paddon is the Rose Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Oxford, European Research Council (ERC) Postdoctoral Fellow on the ‘Individualisation of War’ project and visiting scholar at Columbia University. Previously, she was an associate faculty member of the Blavatnik School of Government and a lecturer at Wadham College, both at the University of Oxford. Emily’s research analyzes the impact of the increased prominence of human rights in the theory and practice of armed conflict. Specifically, she focuses on the politics and practices of United Nations peacekeeping, humanitarianism, and military action, with a geographical emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. This work has a strong theoretical focus on the dynamics of norm construction, change, contestation and practice across levels of governance from the global to the local.
Emily is an elected fellow of the Rift Valley Institute and co-founder of the Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF). Additionally, she has served as an Action Canada public policy fellow, a visiting scholar at the International Peace Institute and Jeanne-Sauvé Foundation. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.