McGee, AK (Akudo)

Akudo Kyoshia McGee is a P.h.D. researcher working under her primary supervisor, Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration and second supervisor, Ferenc Laczó, Assistant Professor of History. Her research looks at strengthening the European Union's internal integration capacity from an interdisciplinary perspective, on a policy level, and from a historical perspective. Her thesis focuses on norm contestation in the EU, via a single-case study of Poland. In addition to looking at contemporary norm contestation, she follows Poland’s trajectory since its accession into the EU. In her research, she seeks to understand the relationship between agency and contestation and how groups historically excluded from contestation vie for access to it. Akudo previously studied Identity and Integration (European Studies) at the University of Amsterdam, focusing on refugee integration in challenging economic and social environments. She holds a B.A. in German Language and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Identity Studies

Cultural Studies

Refugee Studies

Research Projects

My project is focused on the 2004 eastern enragement and investigates the enigmatic case of alleged democratic backsliding in Poland as its case study to explore the wider trend of norm reversal amongst European Union (EU) member states. I aim to investigate the conditions under which EU conditionality criteria, which were originally theorized to be part of a powerful and affective strategy for rule acceptance and norm adoption in candidate members, has failed to solidify the continued implementation of democratic practices and maintenance of democratic institutions in one of the Union’s most extreme case, Poland.


The Urban Refugee in Marzahn-Hellersdorf: Best Practices for Refugee Integration in Challenging Environments


In April 2020, I will be a tutor for the course, Analysing Research designs