Skip to main content

School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Christopher Lamont

Christopher Lamont
Christopher Lamont
Texas, USA
Doing Now
Assistant Professor in International Relations

Name: Christopher Lamont
From: Houston, Texas, USA
Degree: MSc International and European Politics 2004-5
Graduated: 2005
Doing Now: Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Groningen

I am from Houston, Texas and am now living in the Netherlands. At the time I applied for the MSc in IEP I was working in Skopje, Macedonia. I had just finished a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Zagreb, and I was looking for postgraduate programmes in Europe on international and European politics.

Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?

As an undergraduate in the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi, I studied abroad in Zagreb during a dynamic period of political change in Croatia. My experience in Croatia led me to apply for a Fulbright scholarship to fund a year of research in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb. After having spent a few years working and studying in the former Yugoslavia, I felt that Edinburgh's MSc in International and European Politics was perfectly suited to provide me with a solid foundation for further postgraduate study.

What were your best memories?

My best memories would have to be the IEP trip to Brussels, where I not only had the opportunity to meet with many of the IEP programme's alumni, but also got know my fellow IEP students. Indeed, I still remain in touch with some of my classmates from the IEP programme.

What is it that you do now and did the degree help in your career path?

I am now an assistant professor of international relations at the University of Groningen and a Section Chair of Research in Ethics and Globalisation within our inter-faculty research institute Globalisation Studies Groningen. I came to the Netherlands after spending two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster and completing my PhD at the University of Glasgow. Throughout the years I have maintained my research interest in the former Yugoslavia, and am also now working on a research project on transitional justice in the Maghreb. My MSc from Edinburgh proved instrumental in setting my career on its current path.

How did you like Edinburgh as a city?

Edinburgh is perhaps one of the most spectacular cities I have had the pleasure to live in. As a cosmopolitan city with a wide array of events, there was never a dull moment. In short, Edinburgh was a wonderful place to do an MSc, and I even remained a resident of Edinburgh throughout my time teaching and working on my PhD in Glasgow.