The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Hartmut Behr

Professor of International Politics



- Habilitation and ,venia legendi’ in Political Science, University
  of Jena, Spring 2003
- PhD (Political Science; minor subjects: North American History and
  Philosophy), University of Cologne, Fall 1996
- M.A. in Political Science; and History; and Sociology, University
  of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Spring 1992
- BA in Political Science, History and Sociology, University of
  Erlangen-Nuremberg, Spring 1988, and Free University of Berlin,
  Spring 1988

Previous Positions

Visiting Scholar, University of Ottawa; Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany, Department of Political Science; University of Jena/Germany, Department of Political Science; University of Cologne/Germany, Department of Political Science and European Questions; Washington DC/USA, Library of Congress; University of Pittsburgh/USA, Department of Political Science and University Center for International Studies UCIS; University of Tsukuba/Japan, Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences, International Relations; International Christian University ICU, Tokyo, Rotary Peace Center and Department of Politica; Science


English, French, German


The Discipline of International Relations (IR):

  • Theories of IR & International Political Theory
  • Sociology of Knowledge of IR

Politics of Difference and Identity Formation

Political Violence and Peace Studies 

Political Reversiblity



For the last fifteen years I have continued the underlying focus of preceding studies (PhD and post-doctoral research) and conducted research at the intersection of International Relations and Political Theory which has bridged a threefold orientation: first, the critique of national paradigms and the investigation into global and universal concepts and framings of politics; second, the search for interdisciplinary approaches and methods, especially discourse analysis, intellectual history (including archival research), and policy document analysis; and third, a practical understanding of social sciences research, asking for its political and societal salience. 

I have published at the intersection of International Relations and Political Theory. I  regard teaching and joint research with younger career scholars as an important application and dissemination of my research. Next to intensive teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I have supervised to completion twelve and currently mentor four PhD supervisions, including ESRC funded students. Many of the candidates are now in permanent academic or senior policy adviser positions. 

Research awards

International Research Network “Classical Realism Meets Critical Theory: Crises, Modernity, and the Return of Humanity”; Principal Investigator, funded by The Leverhulme Trust (IN-2012-122), 2013-2015


Research and Workshop Grant, “Reorienting Realism”, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Principal Investigator together with Sean Molloy, 2012/2013


US-UK Fulbright Commission, Scholar in Residence Award, Spring 2009 (withdrawn by nominee)

Teaching Fellowship, funded by German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (2008), for a two week course on “The EU as Global Actor” at the University of Kiev/Mohyla Academy


Research Fellowship, “Arabic and EU discourses on the root causes of terrorism violence”, funded by the British Academy, Co-Investigator, 2006


Research Fellowship, ““Global Cities” and the transnational accumulation of political power: Tokyo, Berlin, Washington (DC)”, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science JSPS,  2004/2005 (host university: University of Tsukuba)


Research Grant, “Entterritoriale Politik – Von den Internationalen Beziehungen zur Netzwerkanalyse”, funded by the German Research Council, Principal Investigator, 2001-2003


Feodor Lynen Research Fellow, “Entterritoriale Politik”, funded by the Alexander of Humboldt – Foundation, Principal Investigator, 2000/2001, DM 60.000 (host university: University of Pittsburgh)


Research Grant, “Immigration in the Nation State: US, France, Germany”, funded by the German Marshall Fund, Principal Investigator, 1994


Research Grant for PhD thesis, “Immigration in the Nation State: US, France, Germany”, Principal Investigator, funded by the Friedrich Ebert – Foundation (1992)


Book Awards of the Geschwister Böhringer Foundation for Liberal Arts and Humanities, Ingelheim/Rhein (Germany) for

- Zuwanderungspolitik im Nationalstaat (PhD thesis/monograph)

- Entterritoriale Politik (post-doc „Habilitation“ thesis/monograph)

- Säkularisierung und Resakralisierung in westlichen Gesellschaften (edited volume)


several smaller conference, workshop, and travel grants 




Undergraduate Teaching

POL 3081 International Political Thought (1. Semester)
POL 2082 Political Violence and the Modern State (2. Semester)

Postgraduate Teaching

POL 8006 Theories of International Relations (1. Semester)
POL 8051 Ethics in IR (2. Semester)


Weekly Supervision Research Colloquium with UG, PGT, and PhD supervisees (personal invitation)


I am interested in the supervision of PhD and MA theses in the context of IR theories, political theory, peace studies, and intellectual history