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Former Visitors to POLIS


End of Tenure: 31 December 2015

Dr Monserrat Guibernau earned her PhD in Social and Political Theory at King's College, Cambridge. She is a member of the Management Council at the Canada Blanch Centre at the LSE.

Dr Guibernau has taught, researched and supervised graduate students at Queen Mary, having previously held an ESRC senior research fellowship at the University of Warwick and lectureships and a readership at the University of Barcelona and the Open University. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Quebec in Montreal, the University of Tampere, the Austrian Academy of Social Sciences, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. She has lectured at New York University, Columbia University, Princeton, Harvard, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.


End of Tenure: 30 June 2016

Dr Manja Klemenčič is Fellow and Lecturer in Sociology of Higher Education at the Department of Sociology, Harvard University. She researches, teaches, advises and consults in the area of international and comparative higher education, with particular interests in higher education politics, polities and policy-making in national and international contexts. She also investigates the implications of contemporary higher education reforms on students and while at POLIS, is completing her monograph entitled "Student Power". Manja is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Higher Education (Routledge/Taylor & Francis); Associate Editor of the section "Elite and Mass Higher Education in the 21st Century" in the International Encyclopaedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions (Springer); Co-Editor of the new book series "Understanding Student Experience in Higher Education" (Bloomsbury). She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Julie Smith. 

Dr Klemenčič Activity Report 



End of Tenure: 31 July 2016

Victor Teo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and is the Doris Zimmern HKU-Cambridge Visiting Fellow at Hughes Hall and POLIS for Easter Term 2016. Dr Teo holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interest is on Sino-Japanese Relations, with particular emphasis on the globalization of Sino-Japanese competition, North Korean Affairs and China’s underground economy.  He is also one of the founding directors of DPRK Observatory, an NGO with a primary focus on the study of North Korean Affairs. While at Cambridge, Victor will be completing his monograph project on Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations, as well as an article length project on International Law and the Resolution of Territorial Dispute between China and Japan. 



End of Tenure: 01 July 2017

Morten P. Broberg is Professor of International Development Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He is the holder of the Faculty's Jean Monnet Chair (the European Union and the Developing Countries; 2012-15) and is Principal Investigator of ‘Changing Disasters”, a research project under University of Copenhagen’s Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research.

Professor Broberg's existing research has primarily been focused upon law and governance with particular regards to the European Union and developing countries. During his stay at Cambridge University’s Department of Politics and International Studies, Professor Broberg will focus his research on how ‘the new climate normal’ (i.e. climate change that is unavoidable) will affect societies – and he will seek to identify ways whereby these societies may build resilience and/or adapt so as to cope with the adverse effects as well as possible.



End of Tenure: 31 August 2017

Yi Shin Tang is Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Rising Powers in Summer 2017. Dr. Tang holds a PhD in Institutions, Economics and Law from the University of Ghent and an LLM from New York University and the National University of Singapore. He had previously held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Competition and Innovation in Munich, the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, and Cornell University Law School, among others. His research interests broadly cover topics in international economic governance, including the WTO system, foreign investment regulation and competition policy in emerging powers. During his stay, Dr. Tang examined the growing evidence of a distinctive competition policy emerging among the BRICS countries and how they have been challenging the established OECD and EU practices, through a systematic and critical analysis of legislation, case decisions and statements by BRICS competition authorities.



End of Tenure: 19 December 2017

Petra Roter is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, and a senior research fellow at the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Roter teaches undergraduate courses on International Relations, International Protection of Human Rights and International Protection of Minorities, and graduate courses on International Conflict Management and Research Seminar. She is the academic co-ordinator for the MA in International Relations at the Faculty of social Sciences, and a national director of the E.MA – European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice). Her research includes international regimes on diversity management and minority protection, international conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction, nation-building and state-formation processes. She is the President of the Advisory Committee (2016–2018) on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, and she occasionally co-operates, as an independent expert, with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. While at Cambridge, Dr. Roter focused on the role of language in conflict prevention and access to language rights for persons belonging to national minorities in the context of exclusive nation-building policies of European states. She also analysed geopolitics of minority rights and ways and means through which ethnic issues are promoted through foreign policies. This was part of her present research focus on the bilateral level of minority protection within the present multi-layered international regime for the protection of national minorities.

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End of Tenure: 31 March 2018

Dr Tomohito Baji is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan. His work is mainly focused on late 19th- and early 20th-century British and Japanese intellectual history, with a particular attention to theories of empire and international relations in the two countries. Having obtained his PhD from Cambridge (POLIS Department) in 2016, he is currently completing a monograph on the political thought of Alferd Zimmern, one of the most distinguished British internationalists in the early 20th century. At Cambridge this time, he starts a new research project examining the imperial and international thought of pre-WWII Japanese colonial policy scholars in a contemporary global community of discourse.


End of Tenure: 31 March 2018

MICHAEL DUNNE is a former Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and was until recently a member of the Centre of Latin American Studies, working on US-Cuban relations.  Before joining Clare Hall on his retirement from the University of Sussex he had taught at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations at The Hague and the University of Bologna.  A graduate of the University of Oxford (where he read Literae Humaniores), he was a Woodrow Wilson graduate fellow at UC Berkeley.  He has lectured widely in the United States (on Capitol Hill as well as in law schools and history departments) and Europe (particularly to Italian audiences, from licei to think-tanks).  Major works include The United States and the World Court, 1920-1935 [1988] and Citizenship and Rights in Multicultural Societies [1995], the latter the British edition of Cittadinanza e diritti nelle società multiculturali [1994]. He is currently monitoring the US presidential election campaign and planning a study of the Monroe Doctrine.  His interests beyond the political history of the Americas, Europe and the Middle East lie in language(s) and translation, together with the social and ideological aspects of architecture and painting.


End of Tenure: 30 April 2018

Rasmus Corlin Christensen is a former Visiting Fellow at POLIS and a PhD Fellow at the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining CBS, he worked for KPMG and the Ministry of Finance in Denmark. His doctoral research looks at processes of international tax governance, identifying key actors and main dynamics of change and stability. Specifically, his current work is investigating the role of professionals and experts in shaping the international tax regime, international tax practice and global wealth chains. Rasmus’ research is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework program, COFFERS, a collaboration of 10 universities and civil society organisations across Europe. His work has been recognized broadly; most recently, Rasmus was named to the 2017 Global Tax 50, the International Tax Review’s list of influential individuals and organisations in the tax world. 


"As a Visiting Fellow at POLIS from January to April 2018, I have benefited greatly from the outstanding research environment at the Department and in Cambridge more generally. With help and encouragement from colleagues, I was able to complete a substantial amount of data collection and analysis for my research project on the dynamics of change and stability in international tax governance, including the role of professionals and experts in shaping the international corporate tax system, international tax practice and global wealth chains during my stay.

Moreover, the broader network of researchers and practitioners in and around POLIS and the University has been hugely helpful and informative. I have been able to engage, discuss and work with a range of scholars, from a variety of disciplines, working on a variety of topics of relevance to my own research. This has provided inspiration, new insights, challenges and connections that should prove valuable to my research for years to come. Overall, the visit has far exceeded my expectations and I thank the whole Department and its people immensely for the support and the forthcoming atmosphere."

PAVATE FELLOW- Professor Jayashree Vivekanandan

End of Tenure: 30 May 2018

Jayashree Vivekanandan is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi, and is the D.C. Pavate Visiting Fellow at POLIS. Prior to joining SAU, she worked at The Energy and Resources Institute and was subsequently associated with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Her research interests include the interface between history and international relations, Indian strategic thought and practice, memory politics, and transboundary resource governance in South Asia. She is the author of Interrogating International Relations: India's Strategic Practice and the Return of History, New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2011.


End of Tenure: 31 May 2018

Lerna K. Yanık, is professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University and her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has worked at Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey before coming to Kadir Has University in 2011. Dr. Yanık is the first prize winner of the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award in 2006 and has spent a semester at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center as a visiting Fulbright scholar in 2009-2010.

She specializes in Turkish foreign policy, politics of space and place, critical geopolitics as well as culture and politics and has published her research in journals such as Die Welt des Islams, Asian Journal of Social Sciences, International Journal, Turkish Studies, Uluslararası İlişkiler (in Turkish), Political Geography, Geopolitics, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Human Rights Quarterly and Europe-Asia Studies. Dr. Yanık is currently on sabbatical leave from Kadir Has University and is a Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College for the Michaelmas Term 2017 and is also affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge until June 2018.


"Being a visiting scholar at POLIS in particular as well as at the University of Cambridge has been an extremely fruitful experience. I started to write my book and started gathering material for my new project. The interdisciplinary environment provided at the Department and attending talks and seminars at POLIS and elsewhere has made me to reengage my own research with a different perspective, making me to rethink my own research more thoroughly and theoretically. I should conclude by saying that, my stay as a visiting scholar at POLIS and University of Cambridge has been very productive. I am grateful for the opportunity and thank POLIS for this."



End of Tenure: 31 May 2018

Konstantinos Bizas is a Ph.D. candidate in political thought and conceptual history at the Dept. of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, as well as the holder of a MA in Political Thought from the University of Exeter, UK, a MA in Political Science & Sociology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and a BA in Political Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He has been working for a few years on a doctoral dissertation that examines the methodological aspects of the prestigious work of the late Cambridge classics in the history of political thought and the history of ideas (John Pocock, Quentin Skinner and John Dunn), whereas his broader academic and research interests fall into the domains of political thought and conceptual history, canonized political philosophy, methodological and knowledge-theory perspectives in the human sciences, as well as the study of Greek politics and Greek cultural and intellectual history.

His visit to the POLIS Department of Cambridge in springtime 2018 aims to provide substantial advances to his doctoral project in the form of specified interviews and first-hand affiliation with the academic environment and the protagonists of what has been conventionally labelled as the ‘Cambridge School’ approach in the history of political thought.


"The POLIS Department and its substantial engagement with the entirety of the Cambridge environment have provided me with an overall fantastic academic experience, the impact of which will become definitely apparent in my doctoral dissertation. The outstanding facilities of the University, its patiently accumulated material resources, as well as the great number of its ongoing flourishing initiatives have given me benefits that cannot be easily contained in a simple summary. What is more, the people comprising the Cambridge staff, from the administration to the most deservedly acknowledged academic minds, have proven to be more than helpful in all possible respects, both formal and informal, and my affiliation with them has allowed me to obtain a more thorough understanding of the scholar debates I have been studying these years in ways that published works and the current more general circulation of the so-called ‘Cambridge School’ approach could not have covered, as well as great lessons of ethos for an early-career scholar who began his academic study in quite different settings. Having proven worthy of their reputation, I cannot help but express my gratitude to the POLIS Department and to the overall institution of Cambridge."


End of Tenure: 30 June 2018

Diego Trindade d'Ávila Magalhães is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil, currently on research leave as Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, Department of Politics and International Studies, and, previously, Visiting Scholar at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies. He received his BA and MS in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, and his PhD in International Strategic Studies from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Dr Magalhães created the theory of globaliser to assess the power of countries over globalisation and, currently, develops research about how China changes globalisation, considering economic, environmental and military dimensions. In 2018, he published the articles “The globaliser dragon: how is China changing economic globalisation?” and "New Globaliser in the Hood: How is China Globalising the Brazilian Economy?". He is interested in collaborating with researchers focusing on globalisation and emerging powers.


"During my short stay as Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge, I have benefited from the exciting intellectual atmosphere in several ways. The University’s Central Library, the University Centre and Alison Richard Building (ARB) provided the necessary infrastructure and access to journals that my research required. I am particularly grateful to the efficient support of ARB’s administrative staff, and to the friendly assistance of the voluntaries in the “Newcomers and Visiting Scholars - NVS”.

Beyond the progress in research, I also have enjoyed the opportunity to acquire different knowledge, attending events such as “Enterprise Tuesday” at Judge Business School and “CRASSH Workshop - Being a Research Leader: for Early Career Researchers in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences” at ARB. Furthermore, the training programs offered by the University Information Services helped me develop computer skills in courses such as “Mendeley: Introduction to a Reference Management”, “Excel 2016: Analysing and Summarising Data” and “ATLAS.ti: An Introduction to Qualitative Research”.


End of Tenure: 30 June 2018

Gentian Elezi is a director at the research institute Agenda in Albania and a lecturer in European Politics. His previous experiences include serving as Vice Minister of European integration in the Albanian government and working as a consultant in EU affairs in the Balkan region. He holds a PhD in Politics and an MA in European Politics, both from the University of Sussex, UK. He obtained his BA in Political Science in the University of Milan, Italy. During his career he has directed and participated in several research projects.

Dr Elezi is a visiting scholar affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Cambridge. His research at POLIS focuses on the role of domestic politics of EU member states in the Enlargement policy.


"Being a visiting scholar at POLIS at the University of Cambridge has been a very interesting and useful experience. I really enjoyed the academic environment and activities, as well as the city of Cambridge. During my stay, I advanced with my academic work thanks to the support received and the access to the considerable resources, in terms of research experience and library facilities. This allowed me to work on two important projects while in Cambridge: research for an article that I am writing on decision-making in the area of EU Enlargement policy and, at the same time, work on my book on the institutional challenges of candidate countries towards the EU membership.

The multidisciplinary approach and the variety of angles of looking into my field that I encountered during activities and conversations with other researchers, have been quite interesting for me in terms of new research ideas and possible future projects. In addition, being affiliated with POLIS and the University of Cambridge as a visiting scholar helped me to expand and enrich my network in my area of research, which might be very useful for my academic career in the coming years. I am very grateful to the department and to the University for this opportunity and for the great experience."  


End of Tenure: 30 June 2018

Benedikt Stuchtey is professor and chair of modern history at the University of Marburg, Germany. For the past three years he has been dean of the faculty, and he has previously held visiting professorships at the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Between 2004 and 2013 he was deputy director of the German Historical Institute in London. His research focuses on the history of West European, particularly British colonialism and imperialism.

At POLIS Benedikt was working on a book on the materiality of the European colonial expansion between 1750 and 1950. Naturally the British Empire is playing a crucial role for this project which is looking at objects such as tea-cups, coins, post-cards, or wedding rings. Thus it is important that the chosen objects are part of every day life and not collected by museums. Their material culture is seen as representing special aspects of European colonialism like slavery and migration, racism and finance imperialism, but also gender and emotion, the "other" and the civilising mission. The book is taking a variety of European forms of imperial rule into consideration. By comparing them through the lens of objects, British imperialism is integrated in a European history of expansionism neither ignoring its undisputed special historical dimension nor underestimating the many potentials of entanglements and transfers.

While in Cambridge, Benedikt was also conceptualising a general history of the British Empire for the German book market. This book is going to be a concise history from the beginnings of English colonialism to the end of the twentieth century pointing to special aspects of the empire such as sea power, the Colonial Office, and free trade, as well as common features like the role of the military and indigenous cooperation with imperial elites.


End of Tenure: 01 August 2018

Hanna Pfeifer is a research associate at the Institute of International Politics at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg where she also earned her PhD (2017). She studied at the University of Munich and Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) Paris and holds a Magister Artium (2012) in Politics, Philosophy and Mathematics.

Her main research interests are the transforming world order and the role of Arab states and non-state actors in challenging, reproducing and reinventing global order. Her PhD research dealt with Islamist discursive constructions of world order and how they relate to Western, liberal concepts. At POLIS (March-July 2018), she worked on recent military interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly focusing on the aspect of democratic-autocratic cooperation. Hanna’s research was funded through a research fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Testimonial: POLIS provided a great environment for my post-doctoral project in terms of resources, intellectual stimulation, and hospitality by my hosts. Cambridge is a perfect place to meet brilliant researchers from one’s own and other disciplines. It was an absolutely enriching experience!


End of Tenure: 19 September 2018

Qifu Lin was a visiting scholar at POLIS from September 2017 to September 2018 which was funded by the China Scholarship Council. His academic interests focus on western political thought from sixteen to late-nineteenth century, theories of political representation and the politics of the Chinese People’s Congress. He is a professor and chairman in the Department of Political Science, School of Public Administration at Jilin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics, obtained from Jilin University in China.