I'm a researcher who works on the politics and policy of immigration and security.

Currently, I'm Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Lincoln, UK (in American terms, an assistant professor). I'm also involved in the project Seeing Illegal Immigrants: State Monitoring and Political Rationality, based at the University of Edinburgh.

I've researched why politicians treat immigration as a security issue, how authorities make policy toward irregular immigration, and the ways the political mainstream responds to right-wing populist demands on immigration. I teach politics and international relations at university level, with emphasis on my areas of expertise in security and immigration politics.

I come to academia from a professional politics background. I was a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and the Governor of Arizona.