Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse is director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin.
He acts as a co-director of the research college “The Transformative Power of Europe”, as well as coordinator of the Research Center 700 "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood", both funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He also serves on the executive board of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) and on the executive committee of the Joint Master program in International Relations. He is chair of the Social Science Committee of Science Europe, the association of research-funding and research-performing organizations in Europe.
From 1997-2001, he was Joint Chair of International Relations at the European University Institute's Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Social and Political Sciences in Florence, Italy. His previous teaching and research appointments include the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, the University of Konstanz, Germany, as well as Cornell and Yale Universities, and the University of Wyoming. He has also held visiting professorships at Stanford and Harvard Universities.
He received his PhD from the University of Frankfurt in 1987, after studying political science in Paris and Bonn.
Main fields of interest
Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, European Public Sphere, Transatlantic Relations
Current Research Projects