Dr Karen Devine is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Law and Government, specialising in teaching European Union politics, Irish Foreign Policy and International Relations Theories and Methodologies. Her current research interests focus on identity in the construction of state foreign policies and the role of patriotism as a driver of public attitudes to foreign policy using the case-studies of Ireland and the United States of America. She uses positivist and postpositivist epistemologies and a combination of quantitative and poststructuralist approaches to explain and understand these phenomena. Her research draws conclusions on the conflict-raising and conflict-resolution aspects of these identities.
Dr Devine’s research is published in leading international peer-reviewed journals, including a co-edited special issue of Cooperation and Conflict, and articles in International Political Science Review, International Politics, Irish Political Studies and Irish Studies in International Affairs. She is a frequent contributor to the media in Ireland and abroad.