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Alvina Hoffmann is a doctoral student in International Relations funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP). She also works as a research assistant on the ERC-funded project Security Flows. In addition, she co-convenes the research group Doing International Political Sociology and co-organises its LISS DTP-funded monthly PhD seminar series. She has experience as a graduate teaching assistant on a variety of courses at different levels and universities:

  • 1st year course ‘International Relations Theory’ at King’s College London
  • 3rd year course ‘The Political Life of Security Methods’ at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Master’s level course ‘Freedom, Security, Surveillance and Human Rights: Reconfigurations in a digital age’ at Sciences Po Paris

Previously, she obtained an MSc in International Relations from LSE and a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris. She was also involved with Millennium: Journal of International Studies between 2014 and 2019, as the review article editor (vol. 46-48), social media officer (vol. 46-48), conference organiser (2016 and 2017) and member of the editorial board (vol. 44-48).

Doctoral research

Thesis title: 'Expertise and representation – Spokespersons of dissenting minorities in Crimea, the Sámi people and UN special rapporteurs'

This thesis analyses human rights claims from the perspective of those who claim to speak on behalf of individuals and social groups. It traces the various social, political and legal mechanisms that authorise some actors to speak as spokespersons in the name of someone. To do so, it dissects the roles that entanglements of expertise and local representation play in mediating between particular settings of claims to human rights and aspirational notions of universalism. It investigates these questions in the context of dissenting minorities in Crimea, the Sámi people in northern Scandinavia and UN special rapporteurs as independent human rights experts.

Research interests

  • International political sociology
  • Critical IR theory
  • Human rights
  • Authority
  • Representation
  • Expertise


Professor Didier Bigo (first), Professor Vivienne Jabri (second)