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Margarita Petrova

Margarita Petrova

Assistant Professor

Master's in International Security Coordinator

Biography

Margarita Petrova is an assistant professor at IBEI where she teaches courses in International Relations and International Peace and Security. She holds a PhD degree in Government from Cornell University and her doctoral thesis, "Leadership Competition and the Creation of Norms: A Cross-National Study of Weapons Restrictions," received the 2008 Helen Dwight Reid award for best dissertation in international relations, law and politics from the American Political Science Association.

Margarita's main interests are in the area of international norm development, ethical and legal issues in international relations, security studies and arms control, and transnational activism and NGO advocacy.

Prior to joining IBEI, she has been a Marie Curie research fellow and a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In the fall of 2012, Margarita was a visiting fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.    

Background and education

  • (2007) PhD in Government, Cornell University (USA)
  • (2003) MA in Government, Cornell University (USA)
  • (1998) MA in International Economic Relations, University of National and World Economy (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Awards

2008Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in international relations, law and politics, American Political Science Association.

2007-2009Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship.

2006-2007Max Weber postdoctoral fellowship.

2005-2006Research Fellowship, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • American Political Science Association 
  • International Studies Association
  • European International Studies Association

Research

Research interests

  • International Humanitarian Law
  • NGO advocacy
  • International Relations
  • International Security
  • Arms control
  • International norms

Selected publications

  • Petrova, Margarita.2018.Weapons prohibitions through immanent critique: NGOs as emancipatory and (de)securitising actors in security governanceReview of International Studies,44(4):619-653. doi:10.1017/S026021051800013XLink
  • Petrova, Margarita.2016.Rhetorical Entrapment and Normative Enticement: How the UK Turned from Spoiler into Champion of the Cluster Munition BanInternational Studies Quarterly,60(3):387-399Link
  • Petrova, Margarita.2014.Small States in Humanitarian Norm MakingIn: Louis W. Pauly and Bruce W. Jentleson (eds)Power in a Complex Global System(pp. 194—208).Routledge
  • Petrova, Margarita.2014.Proportionality and Restraint on the Use of Force: The Role of Nongovernmental OrganizationsIn: Matthew Evangelista and Henry Shue (eds)The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones(pp. 175—190).Cornell University Press
  • Petrova, Margarita.2010.Banning Obsolete Weapons or Reshaping Perceptions of Military Utility: Discursive Dynamics in Weapons Prohibitions.IBEI Working Papers, 2010/31.Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
  • Petrova, Margarita.2008.Curbing the Use of Indiscriminate Weapons: NGO Advocacy in Militant DemocraciesIn: Matthew Evangelista, Harald Müller, and Niklas Schörnig (eds)Democracy and Security: Preferences, Norms and Policy-Making(pp. 72—101).London and New York:Routledge
  • Petrova, Margarita.2007.Small States and New Norms of WarfareEUI Working Paper MWP,No. 2007/28. European University Institute
  • Petrova, Margarita.2003.The End of the Cold War: A Battle or Bridging Ground between Rationalist and Ideational Approaches in International Relations?European Journal of International Relations,9(1):115-163