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John De Bhal

DPhil in International Relations

I am a DPhil candidate in International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford. Previously, I completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Queensland and an MPhil in International Relations at Balliol College, Oxford.

My DPhil research looks to develop a new conceptual framework to understand status concerns in world politics. My broader research interests include IR theory, the history and evolution of modern international society, as well as the international relations of the Global South, with particular reference to the Americas and Brazil.

In my spare time I play cricket for Oxford University and Abingdon Vale Cricket Club.


‘Never Thaw that coming! Latin American regional integration and the US–Cuba Thaw’. Third World Quarterly (2019) 40:5, pp. 855-869.

‘More continuity than change? US strategy toward Cuba under Obama and Trump’. Contemporary Politics (2018) 24:4, pp. 436-453.

I am also working on the following papers (email me for drafts):

'Understanding Brazil’s ‘liminal’ position in international society: stigma and modernity'

'Beyond status-seeking: toward a new framework'