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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."