My research combines novel theoretical insights with empirical analysis using methods like network analysis and survey experiments to address two distinct but complementary questions:

  1. How do countries achieve status? While existing studies traditionally assume that status depends on attributes like economic or military capabilities, my work reveals the underlying relational effects that drive status recognition in the international system.
  2. How does status motivate political behavior? While existing research treats status-motivated behavior at the state level as an attempt to achieve international recognition, my work disentangles the mechanisms driving status-motivated behavior at the domestic level.


The Making of International Status. Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).


Duque, Marina G. 2024. The Case for an Expressive Logic of Action. Global Studies Quarterly 4(2): ksae037.

Duque, Marina G. 2018. Recognizing International Status: A Relational Approach. International Studies Quarterly 62(3): 577–592.

Duque, Marina Guedes. 2009. “The Copenhagen School’s Contribution to International Security Studies” [in Portuguese]. Contexto Internacional 31(3): 459-501.


Duque, Marina. 2016. “The Rascals’ Paradise: Brazilian National Identity in 2010.” In Making Identity Count: Building a National Identity Database, edited by Ted Hopf and Bentley B. Allan, 47-62. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Duque, Marina G. 2021. Review of Lora Anne Viola’s “The Closure of the International System: How Institutions Create Political Equalities and Hierarchies.” Perspective on Politics 19(2): 687-689.