Research and Publications

My research interests lie within US foreign policy, human rights history, democracy promotion, and transatlantic relations. In particular, I have focused on the role of human rights in US foreign relations in the late Cold War, examining how the Reagan administration, members of Congress, and non-state actors shaped US human rights policy.

I am currently working on three ongoing research projects:

  1.  American efforts to defend and promote democracy since the late Cold War.

  2. Scandinavian contributions to global debates on human rights and economic inequality at the United Nations in the 1970s (As part of: Scandinavian Internationalist Diplomacy, 1920s-1970s)  

  3. A biographical study of the American lawyer Manley O. Hudson, focusing on his work at the League of Nations in the 1920s (As part of: Laying the Foundations: The League of Nations and International Law, 1919 to 1945)

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

"The Committee for the Free World and the Defense of Democracy," Journal of Cold War Studies, (accepted for publication)

"The contested origins of US democracy promotion: the National Endowment for Democracy and its congressional critics," International Politics (published online: 09 November 2020)

"Human Rights and the 1980 U.S. Presidential Election," American Studies in Scandinavia, 52:2 (2020), p. 29-46.

“A Positive Track of Human Rights Policy: Elliott Abrams, the Human Rights Bureau and the Conceptualization of Democracy Promotion,” in The Reagan Administration, the Cold War and the Transition to Democracy Promotion (eds. William Michael Schmidli, Robert Pee), Palgrave MacMillan (2019), p. 31-50.

“The Resilience of Camelot: The Kennedy Myth in Danish Newspapers during the Cold War,” American Studies in Scandinavia 50:2 (2018), p. 69-88.

“The Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Plight of the Refuseniks,” in The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945 (eds. Andy Johns, Mitch Lerner), University of Press of Kentucky (2018), p. 224-246.

“Bill Clinton’s ‘Democratic Enlargement’ and the Securitisation of Democracy Promotion,” Diplomacy & Statecraft 26:3 (2015), p. 534-551.

“Anti-amerikanisme blandt danske intellektuelle i 1950’erne,” 1066 Tidsskrift for Historie, 42:1 (2012), p. 3-14 (in Danish).

Reviews and Miscellaneous

Review of Robert Pee: Democracy Promotion, National Security and Strategy: Foreign Policy under the Reagan Administration (Routledge, 2015) in Journal of Cold War Studies 21:2 (2019), p. 199-201.


Review of Hal Brands: Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order (Cornell University Press, 2016) in Journal of Contemporary History 54:1 (2019), p. 236-238.


H-Diplo Roundtable Review Volume XIX, No. 16 (2017) December 15, 2017, of Tony Smith: Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today. (Princeton University Press, 2017)


The Institutionalization of Human Rights: Congress, Reagan and U.S. Foreign Policy, Ph.D. dissertation, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark, (2016). Advisor: Niels Bjerre-Poulsen (SDU)

Committee: Samuel Moyn (Harvard), Barbara Keys (Melbourne) and Casper Sylvest (SDU)


“The Domestic Politics of U.S. Human Rights Policy,” in “Domestic Politics and U.S. Foreign Relations: A RoundtablePassport: The Newsletter of the SHAFR 46:3 (2016), p. 47-64.


To Skridt frem og et tilbage - USA og menneskerettighederne, Kongressen Forlag (2016) (in Danish).


”Er Obamas USA exceptionel?,” Tidsskriftet Politik, 17:1 (2014), p. 66-67 (in Danish).