PhD Candidate Profile

Laurence, Marion

Email Address

marion.laurence@utoronto.ca

Major

International Relations

Minor

Comparative Politics

Supervisor(s)

Nancy Bertoldi

Laurence, Marion

Dissertation:

Reinventing Impartiality: Old Norms and New Practices in United Nations Peace Operations

Biography

Marion is a PhD candidate (ABD) specializing in international relations. She is also a non-resident fellow with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, and a past recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2010-2013) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (2013-2015). Marion’s research interests include norm change and practice change in world politics. Her dissertation examines the process by which new practices emerge, spread, and become institutionalized in United Nations peace operations. The project draws on field work conducted in Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, and New York City.

Research Interests

Global governance, political sociology of international organizations, United Nations peace operations, civil conflict, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, non-state actors in the international system, qualitative and interpretive methods.

Previous Degrees

MA Political Studies (Queen’s University)

BA (Hons) Political Science and History (Dalhousie University)

Teaching Experience

Course instructor, Non-State Actors in the International System (POL 380H1S)