Margarita H. Petrova (PhD, Cornell University) is the academic coordinator of the Master’s program in International Security at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and teaches in the field of security studies and international relations. She has been a Marie Curie research fellow and a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, a Transatlantic Fellow at the Brussels Center of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a visiting fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and recipient of the 2008 American Political Science Association award for the best dissertation in international relations, law and politics. Her research is in the area of human security, arms control, and humanitarian disarmament, with a particular focus on norm development, NGO advocacy, and processes of securitization and desecuritization. Another recent project examines early nationalist mobilization in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of empire disintegration and war during the 19th century. Her work has been published in World Politics, the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, and Review of International Studies among other outlets.