New staff members

This academic year, several new members of staff have joined the Department. This is who they are.

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Joseph Baines


Joseph Baines is a lecturer in International Political Economy:

“It has been a long journey to get to the position of lecturer in IPE here at King’s College London. My interest in the subject was sparked when I studied politics and IR as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick. I pursued my fascination with the study of contemporary capitalism, first through doing an MA in global political economy at the University of Sussex, and then through undertaking a PhD at York University in Toronto.

It was during my doctoral studies that I developed a commitment to doing research that is both unerring in its empirical rigor and unwavering in its critical orientation. My areas of specialism include agri-food studies, global value chain analysis, and the political economy of energy. As well as contributing to the core course for the International Political Economy MA, I will be leading the Masters courses in Global Economic Governance and the International Political Economy of Oil and Gas.”


Angelos Chryssogelos


Angelos Chryssogelos, our new Teaching Fellow in International Relations, joins EIS from the LSE, where he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hellenic Observatory. Before that he taught at the universities of Antwerp and Limerick, and worked at the Martens Centre in Brussels and Chatham House in London. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His research and teaching interests concern primarily European politics, the EU, and foreign policy in Europe.



Russell Foster


Russell Foster began at King’s in May as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. His research project examines efforts to construct a European identity from the top down. Russell read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and then took degrees in International Relations and Human Geography at Newcastle University. In 2014, he was awarded a Marie-Curie International Fellowship at the University of Amsterdam. In the coming year he is teaching “European Identities and the EU” in semester one and “The Theory and Practice of Empire” in semester two, both of which take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding two critical issues in the modern world.


Isabelle Hertner


Isabelle Hertner is a Lecturer in the Politics of Britain in Europe – a very timely topic. Before joining King’s, Isabelle was a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on national and EU-level political parties. She is currently completing a research monograph on centre-left parties and the European Union. In EIS, Isabelle will be teaching a variety of topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, such as Britain in Europe, political analysis, research methods, and introduction to politics.


Christopher Holmes


Christopher Holmes is a Lecturer in Political Economy. He held lectureships at the University of Warwick and the University of Southampton before starting at King’s in the summer of 2016.  He researches on various aspects of political economy, including particularly the political economy of finance and money and the role of economic ideas in public reasoning. Christopher’s article ‘Whatever it takes: Polanyian perspectives on the eurozone crisis and the gold standard’ was recently featured in an Economy and Society special virtual edition on ‘Questions of Europe’, which has been published in response to the British vote to leave the European Union. He teaches introductory courses on international economics at both BA and MA levels.


Alexander Kupatadze


Alexander Kupatadze is a lecturer in East European Studies at EIS and the Russia Institute. Prior to joining King’s College, Dr Kupatadze taught at the School of International Relations, St Andrews University. He held the postdoctoral positions at George Washington University (2010-11), Oxford University (2012-13) and Princeton University (2013-14). His research specialization is transnational crime, corruption, public sector reform, informal politics and crime-terror nexus. His regional expertise is post-Soviet Eurasia. His work has appeared in Journal of Democracy, Theoretical Criminology, Nonproliferation Review, Central Asia Survey and other leading journals. His research has been funded by Russell Trust (St Andrews University), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

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