Dr Emma Saint

Dr Emma Saint

Visiting Fellow

Department of International Relations

English, Spanish
Key Expertise
International norms, international treaties, revisionism, deviance

About me

Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies Volume 48, Deputy Editor of Volume 47, Graduate Teaching Assistant in International Political Theory and LSE International Relations Colloquium Convenor. Worked for the Australian Government for over ten years prior to commencing the PhD.

Holds a Master of Arts International Relations (Hons) from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) majoring in International Law from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Japanese from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Has travelled extensively throughout Latin America, Asia, Europe and Northern America, including postings, placements, joint projects and fieldwork in Cuba, Brazil, the UK, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the US.

Research topic

Why revisionist states endorse international norms: The underlying power dynamics of international norm evolution and revisionist discourse.

My research interrogates international norm scholarship in order to identify which attributes of international norm evolution hold the greatest influence over purported revisionist state endorsement of international norms, employing Cuba as a paradigmatic case study. This research ultimately proffers a critique of the broader discourse and power structures surrounding the concept of revisionism, and the underlying presumptions and orientations that inform it.

Teaching experience

  • IR200 International Political Theory, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019
  • IR410 International Politics, 2020/2021

Academic supervisors

Professor Karen Smith
Mr Mark Hoffman



Expertise Details

International norms; international treaties; revisionism; deviance; discourse; knowledge (re)production.