I am a PhD candidate at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. My research focuses on the place of Europe in the ideology of the French Front National and Italian Movimento Sociale Italiano/Alleanza Nazionale. In my thesis, I reconstruct the conceptual space of Europe in far right ideology and seek to understand its possible effects on the image of these parties. I employ a qualitative methodology based on in-depth analysis of partisan literature including programmes, speeches, interviews, congress motions, and grey literature.
I am also interested more broadly in how far right parties’ success changes our conceptions of politics. I have recently contributed to an edited book with a chapter on the Front National’s attempts to overcome Left and Right and replace it with a distinction between ‘globalists’ and ‘patriots’, and am currently working on a paper on how the ENF group challenges the EU’s legitimacy in discursive terms.
In addition to my research, I have developed extensive teaching experience. I have taught a class on Politics and Institutions in Europe in the LSE Government Department, assisted in the design, management and delivery of the European Institute’s professional skills course ‘Engaging with Europe’ and will teach in the LSE Summer School 'What Kind of Europe? Crisis, Reform and the International Role of the European Union'. In 2017/2018, I designed and taught 'Europe: Defining an idea', a first year undergraduate course in Sciences Po Paris's European campus in Dijon. I am an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
I am also involved with the London School of Economics' Generation Brexit research project and am an ECR Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). In 2017, I also successfully co-organised the Graduate Conference Populism: Left, Right and Centre.
Before starting my PhD, I completed a Dual Master’s Degree in European Studies at Sciences Po Paris and the LSE and worked as an Executive Officer at the LSE European Institute. Prior to that, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Sciences Po Paris, European Campus of Dijon.
When I'm not doing research, I am usually on Twitter (@_mlorimer) or volunteering at the Islington Union Chapel
You can find my complete CV here