Areas of Expertise

Ethnic politics, security studies, former Soviet Union

Major- Comparative Politics

Minor- International Relations

Adam's research interests lie at the intersection between identity politics and security studies, with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. For his master's thesis Adam investigated Ossetian identity, showing how discourses of enmity and difference, along with essentialized versions of history influenced the development of different political identities amongst North and South Ossetians. These in turn hardened ethnic identities and played a role in political violence, both in North Ossetia (irredentism) and in South Ossetia (de-facto separation from Georgia). He hopes to further investigate the links between identity politics and political violence in the Caucasus and Eurasia. In total, Adam has spent three years studying in Russia - in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) and in Moscow. He is fluent in Russian and French, having studied for master's degrees in both languages, and now studies Japanese, Chinese and Tatar.


B.A. in Russian and International Relations, University of Exeter (United Kingdom)

M.A. in International Security, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France)

M.A. in International Affairs, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Russia)