Dr Graf’s research engages the intersection of international theory, (the legacies of) imperialism and international law. Her work examines mobilisations of normative universals in arguments about order, justice and the legitimacy of violence in international politics set against (post-)colonial contexts.
Dr Graf’s monograph The Humanity of Universal Crime (Oxford University Press, 2021) analyses the elemental idea that an act injures all of humanity in the history of international thought in the context of Europe’s (post-)imperial politics. The book won the International Studies Association's International Ethics Book Award and earned Honorable Mention for the Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award from the International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association in 2022. Reviews of her book are published or forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory, Diplomatica, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Intellectual History Review, History of Political Thought, Contemporary Political Theory and the Journal of Genocide Research.
Her single-authored, peer-reviewed articles have been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Political Theory as well as International Relations. Further work on the relationship between ecological violence and human agency in international law is presently under review.
Dr Graf holds numerous teaching awards. She has convened lectures and seminars in the areas of International Relations Theory, Colonial Modernity, Human Rights and the Laws of War.
Dr Graf supervises doctoral studies in areas including international theory, history of international political thought, imperial history, ecological destruction, violence and global order, global justice and international law.