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Thaís Simões Dória

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PhD Candidate



I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. I am a member of the Latin America at Warwick Network (LAWN). I work under the supervision of Dr Tom Long and Dr Oz Hassan on intermediate states in the Global South perspectives and narratives of global hierarchies, and on what strategies they develop to maximise autonomy, given their positionalities.

I have previously undertaken a BA and a MA in International Relations at UFSC. For the former, I was awarded best student for best performance in the department and granted Student Abroad award, which allowed me to spend an academic semester at the University of Bristol (UoB). For the latter, I was granted a CAPES-DS scholarship.

Before joining PAIS, I taught the undergraduate courses of Latin American Politics at UFSC and Theory of International Relations at USP. Also, I was part of the research group on Foreign Policy Analysis (UFSC).


For my PhD, I analyse the dynamics of global hierarchy(ies) through comparative lenses, analysing Global South countries' perspectives and positionalities. My research concentrates on International Relations theories, especially Global IR, focusing on Latin American foreign policy and extra-regional comparison between Global South countries.

To better appreciate the dynamics of global politics, we must acknowledge and analyse how diverse perspectives on the increasing multipolar order emerge from the distinct positionalities that states, and their leaders occupy. Intermediate states in the Global South, which might also be considered rising (although not steadily) or (dependent) middle powers, constitute one important group. However, instead of turning to balancing or hedging to explain their behaviour, my research emphasizes a reconceptualization of autonomy in its focus on Global South actors and their perceptions. This framework structures our empirical analysis of Brazil, South Africa, and Indonesia’s leaders’ discourses.

In particular, my thesis will inductively construct the concept of autonomy through an analysis and comparison of the foreign policy discourses of the abovementioned countries. This allows autonomy to connect with relational approaches to IR and connects the concept to contextualized relational positions instead of homogenous global structures.


  • Doria, T.S., Long, T. (2022) Your Regionalism and Mine: The United States and South American Cooperation in the Global Pandemic. In Regional and International Cooperation in South America After COVID.
  • Doria, T. S. (2019). Sino-American Relationship: The Role of American Political Institutions in the Formulation of America's China Policy. Semina, 18(1), 83-109.


    • Doria, T. S. (2021). Same Bed Different Nightmares: A Comparative Study between Brazil’s and Indonesia’s Responses to the Pandemic. In ISA West Annual Conference. San Bernardino, US: ISA-WEST.
  • IPSA
    • Doria, T. S. (2021). Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy Towards the People's Republic of China: An Analysis of the Role of American Public Opinion on its Foreign Policy. In 26th World Congress of Political Science. Lisboa, Portugal: IPSA.

Media (Interviews)

  • Wilkinson, J. (2022, November 30). Lula da Silva claims victory in Brazil’s recent elections. Boar News.
  • Filipe Santos, L. (2022, September 29) Governadores republicanos lideram reação anti-ESG nos EUA; especialistas veem riscos às economias. ESTADÃO.
  • Américo, S. (2022, May 21). Violência com armas de fogo nos EUA cresce, vira ‘terrorismo interno’ e gera alerta. Jovem Pan.
  • Américo, S. (2022, November 06). ‘Midterms’ viram referendo para Biden e podem abrir caminho para volta de Trump em 2024. Jovem Pan.