Dr Catherine Hirst

Dr Catherine Hirst

PhD graduate

Department of International Relations

Key Expertise
revolution; international order; historical international relations

About me

Catherine is a third year PhD student and a Security PhD Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). She has a Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a MSc in International Relations (Distinction) from LSE. Her research has focused on Shi’ism in international relations, Shari’a law and gender rights, as well as asylum seeker and refugee policy. She is currently looking at the relationship between revolutions and international order, and how this is changing over time. Catherine has taught politics courses at LSE, the University of Sydney and the Australian National University, and previously worked at the University of Cambridge and for the civil service in Australia.

Research topic

Revolution, international counter-revolution and world order

Teaching experience

  • LSE - Contemporary Issues in International Relations (undergraduate)
  • LSE - Democracy and Democratisation (undergraduate)
  • Australian National University - Sectarianism and Religiously Motivated Violence (postgraduate)
  • University of Sydney - Southeast Asia: Dilemmas of Development (undergraduate)

Academic supervisor

Dr George Lawson
Professor Tomila Lankina

Research Cluster affiliation

Theory/Area/History Research Cluster


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Expertise Details

revolution; international order; historical international relations