Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)


Anna Agathangelou

Anna Agathangelou is Associate Professor in Political Science at York University, Canada. 

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William Bain

William Bain is Associate Professor of Political Science at National University of Singapore. His research interests fall generally in the areas of international political theory, international relations theory, and the history of ideas. His current research activity is focused on a project that explores the political theology of international society. A fundamental claim in this regard is that the modern society of states is shaped in very significant ways by theological debates that date to the thirteenth century. To this end, it aims to show that seemingly disconnected ideas, such as ‘anarchy’ and ‘international community’, share common, albeit unacknowledged, theological presuppositions. This project also challenges the predominant historical narrative of the modern states-system, suggesting that modern international politics is the heir to Latin Christendom, more so than the learning of antiquity. In earlier work William has explored the political theory of trusteeship, its origins in 18th and 19th century imperial discourse, and its connection to contemporary exercises in international administration and statebuilding. He is the author of several articles that interrogate these issues, as well as the research monograph, Between Anarchy and Society: Trusteeship and the Obligations of Power (Oxford 2003). He also has interests in English School theory, particularly different theories of order, and in security. With respect to the latter he is editor of, and contributor to. The Empire of Security and the Safety of the People (Routledge 2006).

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Andreas Behnke

Andreas Behnke is Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Reading. His research interests include the Political Theory of International Relations, in particular Carl Schmitt, Critical Security and Terrorism Studies, and Critical Geopolitics.

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Felix Berenskoetter

Felix Berenskoetter is Lecturer in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and specializes in International Theory; concepts of identity, power and peace; politics of space and time; European Security and dynamics of friendship and estrangement in Transatlantic Relations. Felix has published articles in various journals and is co-editor of Power in World Politics (Routledge, 2007). He is co-founder and current chair of the Theory Section of the International Studies Association.

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Linda Bishai

Linda Bishai is Senior Program Officer, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute for Peace.  Her research interests include identity politics, liberal internationalism, international use of force, and the development of international law after the Nuremberg trials.

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David Blaney

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Antonio Cerella

Antonio Cerella is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and International Studies at Kingston University London. His research interests lies at the crossroad of Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory and International Studies. He is the author of Genealogies of Political Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2020), and the editor of Heidegger & the Global Age (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017) and The Sacred and the Political (Bloomsbury, 2016).

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Jenifer Chao

Jenifer Chao received her PhD from University of Amsterdam in 2013 with her dissertation Sensible Interventions: Cultural Resistance Post-9/11. Her current research project is situated at the confluence of cultural analysis and security studies; she interrogates the ways in which post-9/11 modes of governing – propelled by conceptual dynamics such as preemption, anticipation and speculation – are manifested and exploited through artistic expressions. The aim is to apply an assertively interdisciplinary, multi-media and theoretically rigorous approach to analyze emerging security practices that are driven by imagination and creativity, as well as invested in sensoriality. Jenifer's previous work – a PhD dissertation in particular – also reflects a productive convergence of aesthetics and politics that examines 9/11’s political and cultural legacies in both visual culture and textual narratives. This multi-media analysis covers TV, music, photography and literature. Chao’s other research interests include politics of resistance, identity and critical and cultural theories.

Andrew Davenport

Andrew Davenport is Lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Drawing on Marx and Adorno, Andrew is interested in developing a materialist theory of the international, focusing on the interlinking of the problems of political form and space, sovereignty and identity. In particular, his research seeks to understand the problem of the political through the philosophical critique of idealism.

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Nicole Dewandre

I studied applied physics engineering and economics at the University of Louvain, operations research at the University of California (Berkeley) and philosophy at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

I entered the European Commission in 1983, working in the think tank of Jacques Delors on industrial and research policy, and then in the research policy in 'science and society" issues. I developed the "Women and Science" activities at EU level and contributed to the opening of the EU research policy to civil society, before being in charge of the "sustainable development" unit that has been put in place in DG Research between 2007 and 2010. From February 2011 until September 2016, I was advisor for societal issues in DG CONNECT, the DG in charge of research and regulatory issues in ICT-related areas. I convened the "Onlife Initiative" in 2012-2013. It was a collective thought exercise exploring the consequences of the advent of a hyperconnected era on the conceptual frameworks on which public policies are built.

Since October 1 2016, I am researcher in philosophy and political theory in the Joint Research Center, the in-house scientific service of the European Commission. I build on my 34-years-long administrative experience and my passion for Hannah Arendt's work.

In 2002, I published a book entitled "Critique de la raison administrative. Pour une Europe ironiste" in the collection "L'ordre philosophique", Editions du Seuil, Paris.

Other publications:

  • L’Europe au soir du siècle, Identité et démocratie, Editions Esprit, Paris, 1992. (sous la dir. de, avec Jacques Lenoble)
  • European strategies for promoting women in science[1], Science, 11 January 2002
  • Critique de la raison administrative, pour une Europe ironiste, coll. “L’ordre philosophique”, Seuil, Paris, 2002.
  • The Sustainability Concept: can we stand between catastrophism and denial?  in Transformative Research for Sustainable Development – Volume 1, edited by Carlo Jaeger, Springer, Berlin, 2011
  • Rethinking the human condition in a hyperconnected era: why freedom is not about sovereignty, but about beginnings[2] in the Onlife Manifesto, edited by Luciano Floridi, SpringerOpen, 2015
  • The Human Condition and The Black Box Society[3], published in boundary2, December 2015
  • Words matter: a definition of humanity[4], TEDxULB talk, Brussels, 2016

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Tim Di Muzio

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Karol Drozynski


Robin Dunford

Robin is a Teaching Fellow at the Universty of Leicester.  His research focuses on transnational and global social movements in order to interrogate theories of resistance and theories of constituent power developed by Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Chantal Mouffe, and Hannah Arendt. In particular, he explores how a focus on resistance in practice can help negotiate a variety of theoretical tensions, including clashes between human rights and democratic citizenship, between resistance as ‘exodus’ and resistance as ‘engagement’, between ‘social’ governance and ‘political action’, and between participatory democracy and representative democracy. Robin also has broader research interests in feminist theory and gender studies, and has contributed to collaborative research and publications which use feminist economics and political theory to analyse the legitimation and perpetuation of gender, regional, and economic inequalities.

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Antonio Franceschet

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Inanna Hamati-Ataya

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John Hobson

John Hobson is Professor of Politics & International Relations at the University of Sheffield. His theoretical and empirical work is situated in the vortex of global historical sociology, international relations/IPE and postcolonialism. He applies this to global and international theory in his recent book, The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2010 (CUP, 2012). His current research, which picks up from his earlier non-Eurocentric book, The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation (CUP, 2004), seeks to chart the formation and development of the world economy and the international system in the last millennium. Both areas - theoretical and empirical - are combined in his two-part article which appears in the twentieth anniversary edition of the Review of International Political Economy, 20(5) (2013). These argue that the discipline of IPE has been laid upon Eurocentric foundations and they present a non-Eurocentric research agenda for IPE. This was the subject of his 2013 talk that was presented, along with Cornelia Woll, at the Sixth Annual Warwick/RIPE debate held at the University of Warwick. View the video.

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Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus is Associate Professor of International Relations at American University.  His research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), scientific methodology and the philosophy of science, the role of rhetoric in public life, civilizations in world politics, the sociology of academic knowledge, science fiction, and the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere.

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Jonathan Joseph

Jonathan Joseph is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sheffield.  His work looks at the intersection of IR theory with social theory and philosophy of social science. His work focuses on three areas – hegemony, governmentality and realist philosophy. Building on his first book, Hegemony: A Realist Analysis (Routledge 2002) he has recently looked at the concept of hegemony in relation to debates in IR about the nature of the world order and the structure – agency question. This issue also features in his work on scientific or critical realist philosophy. Other such issues relate to the nature of the international as emergent, and the ontological status of various IR claims. However, most of Joseph’s recent work has been in the area of governmentality. His book The Social in the Global: Social Theory, Governmentality and Global Politics (Cambridge 2012) looks at connections between contemporary social theory and contemporary governmentality, in particular by looking at the discourse and practice of international organisations.

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Edward Keene

Edward Keene is University Lecturer in International Relations at Christ Church College, Oxford.  His interests include the historical evolution of international legal order, the history of international political thought, and the analysis of stratification in international society.

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Milja Kurki

Milja Kurki is Lecturer in International Relations Theory at Aberystwyth University. 

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George Lawson

George Lawson is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics. His theoretical work is oriented around the synergies between historical sociology and international theory. To that end, he is co-convenor of the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on Historical Sociology and International Relations and co-convenor of LSE’s Research Group on Global Historical Sociology.  He applies these theoretical interests to the study of revolutions, which form the subject of two books: Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2005) and Anatomies of Revolution (2013). George is currently working on a project (with Barry Buzan) which charts the ways in which a range of important dynamics in contemporary international relations have their roots in the 19th century ‘global transformation’. Articles relating to this project are forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly and the European Journal of International Relations. A book version of the argument will appear in 2014.

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Richard Ned Lebow

Richard Ned Lebow is Professor of International Political Theory in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.  He is also James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government, Emeritus, at Dartmouth College.  In recent years, he has written primarily in the field of international political theory and social science methods.  His A Cultural Theory of International Relations (Cambridge, 2008), develops a paradigm of politics based on the Greek concept of thumos and embeds it in a more general theory of international relations.  Why Nations Fight: The Past and Future of War (Cambridge, 2010), uses his theory and an original data set to explain the declining frequency of interstate war.  This summer, Cambridge will publish his The Politics and Ethics of Identity.  Drawing on literary, philosophical and musical texts from the ancient to modern world it asks why identity has become so important in the modern era, why people cling to the illusion of unitary, consistent identities and what the political and ethical consequences might be of recognizing the fragmented, conflicted and labile nature of our self-identifications.  Long a critique of positivism and rationalism, his Forbidden Fruit: Counterfactuals and International Relations (Princeton, 2010) uses counterfactual case studies to demonstrate how international transformations are usually the result of non-linear confluences.  He conducts experiments to reveal the reluctance of many IR scholars to give up their commitment to linear models of causation and the unsupportable belief that big events must have big causes.  He is currently finishing a follow-on study of causation that develops an understanding he believes more appropriate to our field. 

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Daniel Levine

Daniel J. Levine is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama in the US, where he works on International Relations theory, political theory, and Middle East politics.  He is the author of Recovering International Relations: The Promise of Sustainable Critique, which came out in 2012 with Oxford University press, and has authored or co-authored essays in MillenniumInternational RelationsTheory and Event, and Borderlands.  Substantively, his research draws on the social theory of the Frankfurt school to address three key problem areas.  The first centers on reification: the ways in which normative commitments become woven into IR’s various traditions and research programs, and are thus lost from view. The second deals with sustainable critique: balancing reflexivity toward these commitments against the need to speak practically to ongoing problems in world politics. The third focuses on developing sustainably critical research programs, with particular attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Michael Loriaux

Michael Loriaux is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He  studies European unification from the perspectives of political economy and critical theory. His books include France After Hegemony: International Change and Financial Reform (Cornell, 1991), Capital Ungoverned (co-authored: Cornell, 1997), and European Union and the Deconstruction of the Rhineland Frontier (Cambridge, 2008; winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for best book of political interpretation). His current book project is entitled European Union and the Aesthetics of Power.

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John MacMillan

John MacMillan is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Brunel University. He is presently working on the concept and practice of ‘intervention’ in international relations and in particular on ‘liberal intervention’. He also maintains a long-standing interest in the area of the ‘Democratic Peace’, understood broadly as the relationship between liberal states, war and peace. Besides this, he has a general interest in international theory as a body of work that generates a diverse range of valuable insights into how we might better know the social world.

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Fouad Makki 

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Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is a Fellow in Global Politics in the Department of Government. He was previously an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sussex and Lecturer in Security Studies in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.  His research interests centre upon the role of technology and the non-human world in global politics.  His current research project explores the nature of technology as a form of institutional power in international politics through an examination of the Internet in American foreign policy. His other interests include theories of social property relations and uneven and combined development in International Relations, concepts of property in American foreign policy, and the relationship between culture and technology in processes of technological development.

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David M. McCourt

David McCourt is a Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include British, EU and US foreign policy, sociological approaches to IR theory, and the philosophy of social science. His work has appeared in MillenniumJournal of International Political Theory, Journal of International Relations and Development, and Review of International Studies, amongst others.

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Sean Molloy

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Mustapha Kamal Pasha

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Hannes Peltonen

Alex Prichard

Alex Prichard is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter. Dr Prichard main area of teaching and research is international political theory, and he has published numerous books and articles linking anarchist political theory and International Relations theory. He is currently co-investigator on an ESRC funded project looking at the ways in which anarchists constitutionalise, and the role the concept of anarchy plays in those constitutionalising practices.

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Julian Reid

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Malte Riemann

Malte Riemann is a lecturer in the Department of Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His research interests lie at the crossroads of historical sociology, international relations theory, and the history of ideas. In particular he focusses on the historicity of international actors and how these are understood within and shaped by the international system. His current research subjects the figure of the mercenary to a Foucauldian genealogy to inquire how the present understanding of this figure has come to be. Contrary to the conventional literature on the mercenary, his research shows that the mercenary is not a phenomenon that predates the emergence of the modern state and the system of states, but is constituted by and constitutive of them. This has not only important implications for our contemporary understanding of violent non-state actors and their role in the constitution of the modern international system, but also makes a contribution to theorizing the seeming dichotomy between public and private forms of violence by showing that the mercenary, as an actor that is traditionally invoked to confirm the transcendentally fixed separation between these two realms, is a modern phenomenon and not a universal figure from which trans-historical claims can be drawn. He is currently in the process of writing a monograph in German on the transformation of war provisionally titled “Krieg im 20ten und 21ten Jahrhundert” (Kohlhammer, 2018)


Norma Rossi

Norma Rossi is a lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Her research interests fall generally in the area of international political theory, specifically the relationship between sovereignty, political identity, and subjectivity. Her research explores the mutual constitution of the Italian state and the Sicilian mafia and their contesting claims to sovereignty since the 19th century, challenging the conventional assumption of a zero-sum game between state and violent non-state actors. This research shows that the construction of the Sicilian mafia and the Italian state is grounded in opposing spatial and temporal narratives, which enable contesting subjectivities and political identities. This project furthermore opens potential insights into the relation between liberalism and fascism and their respective understandings of the mafia as a “total social fact”. She has also written on the rise of far-right parties in Europe, specifically exploring how the politics of anxiety fuel distinctive dynamics between mainstream parties and the far right. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)


Martin Shaw

Martin is interested in Historical Sociology and International Theory.

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Robbie Shilliam

Robbie Shilliam is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.  He works at the intersection of the History of Political Thought and Historical Sociology. Presently, he is working to retrieve the archives and traditions of thought of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the Americas in order to re-assess the various European canons of thought that have predominantly framed understandings of enlightenment, modernity and capitalist development. The archives and traditions of thought that he currently engages with focus upon suffering, surviving and resisting a (neo-) colonial world order. However, they do so by utilising understandings of time, space and relationality that fall outside of the broadly profane, impersonal and developmental frameworks of modernity assumed by historical sociology and implicit in the major frameworks of International Theory. He is therefore also exploring the extent to which International Theory needs to be decolonised in terms of its accepted canon, broad assumptions, and central concepts.

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Rose Shinko

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Alen Toplišek

Alen Toplišek is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary, University of London. His research engages with conventional and more alternative understandings of ‘the political’, and how politics and the concept of power interrelate, with a view to exposing the contingency of the current liberal democratic/capitalist system that is in crisis.


Michael Williams

Michael Williams holds the Faculty Research Chair in International Politics at the University of Ottowa.  His research interests lie at the intersection between political theory and IR, including classical realism and its connections to wider currents of political modernity.

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Faruk Yalvac

Faruk Yalvac is Associate Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University (METU). His research interests are critical international relations theory, Marxism, historical sociology and international political theory.

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