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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] andCitizenship and Rights in Multicultural Societies [1995], the latter the British edition ofCittadinanza 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.