Sam Wrighton

sam wrighton

International Relations (2017 cohort)

My DPhil research project focuses on the Russian passport distribution processes in their ‘near abroad’ and post-communist central European states' engagement with their co-ethnic groupings in the Carpathian Basin, which I argue, are exemplary of an emergent political phenomenon, where states lay claim to non-nationals abroad and annex the population. The proposed project will produce a deep study of this emergent political phenomenon and its implications for contemporary international politics. It will contribute to political geography, geopolitics and international relations by asking, how and why do states annex populations? What is the significance of this phenomenon for existing understandings of sovereignty and territory? What are its broader implications for policy and practice?

Immediately before beginning my DPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford (St Cross College), I worked as a junior researcher at the European Research Council (ERC) funded research project 'Authoritarianism in a Global Age' at the University of Amsterdam, having completed my MSc in International Relations (cum laude) at the institution. Before my master's degree, I completed my undergraduate degree at Leiden University, the Netherlands in International Studies.