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Prof Benno Teschke

Post:Professor of International Relations (International Relations, International Development)
Location:ARTS C C343

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Internal:2281 or 8892
UK:01273 606755 ext. 2281 or 01273 678892
International:+44 1273 606755 ext. 2281 or +44 1273 678892

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Benno Teschke is a Professor of International Relations in the IR Department at the University of Sussex. His research interests comprise IR Theory, Historical Sociology, Marxism, and the Philosophy of Social Science.

I studied Politics, History, and IR at the Universities of Tübingen, Cardiff, Paris (Sciences-Po), Berlin (Humboldt) and London (LSE), where I completed my doctorate in the LSE IR Department. In 2003 I published The Myth of 1648: Class, Geopolitics and the Making of Modern International Relations, which was awarded the 2004 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize (second edition 2009). The book formed the subject of a symposium in the journal International Politics and is also available in German, Russian, Japanese and Turkish.

My core research agenda tracks the historical relations between the rise and expansion of capitalism, war, imperialism, and the development of the European and international system of states. This agenda is informed by a historicist approach to the historical sociology of international politics, which seeks to reincorporate grand strategy, foreign policy, and international diplomacy back into critical historical sociologies of international relations.

You can find out about my intellectual trajectory in this interview on 'Rethinking International Relations':

My work has been widely published, including in International Organization, European Journal of International Relations, International Theory, Millennium, International Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Globalizations, and the New Left Review. I have also written multiple chapters for textbooks, handbooks, and encyclopedias, including the Oxford Handbook of International Relations (2008), the Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt (2016), and the second edition of the German Handbuch Internationale Politik (2017).

My current research projects revolve around the international thought of Carl Schmitt, including a debate with Gopal Balakrishnan in the New Left Review and a chapter on Schmitt's concepts of war in the Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt, and a sequel to the Myth of 1648, entitled Grand Strategy & The Political Geographies of Historical Capitalism.

I joined the Sussex IR Department after holding positions as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the IR & Politics Department at the University of Wales, Swansea. In summer 2011, I was invited by Professors Martti Koskenniemi and Bo Strath to serve as a Visiting Research Fellow at the ERC-funded research project ‘Europe, 1815-1914’ at the University of Helsinki. In 2013/14, I was a Visiting Professor in the Politics Department, University of Copenhagen.

Translations of my work are available in German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish, Slovene, Serbian, Portuguese, and Greek.

Between summer 2016 and autumn 2019, I was Director of the Center for Advanced International Theory in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex.

I am a member of the editorial board of International Theory:, and held a three-year position (2015-18) as an Affiliated Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science, Copenhagen University.

Since 2009, I co-convene with Samuel Knafo the Sussex PM Research Group



  • Member of the Center for Advanced International Theory
  • Editorial Board Member of International Theory
  • Affiliated Visiting Professor at the Politics Department of Copenhagen University
  • Co-Convenor of 'Sussex Political Marxism Research Group'