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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse


Freie Universität Berlin

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science

Center for International Relations

Senior Professor at the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS), until early 2022 Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy Senior Professor

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Thomas Risse is a senior professor at the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS). Until the beginning of 2022, he was Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto-Suhr- Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Born in 1955, he received his PhD from the University of Frankfurt in 1987. 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, as well as Cornell, Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities, the University of Wyoming and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In 2003 he was awarded with the Max-Planck Research for international cooperation. In 2021 he was honoured with the Juan Linz Price by the International Political Science Association.

Thomas Risse is engaged in many academic projects, both in research and teaching. Below you can find a selection pof his doings.

Thomas Risse is the author of many pulications. Below you can find a selcetion of those. For a complete list and further information please see his CV, that is attached below.

  • Effective Governance Under Anarchy. Institutions, Legitimacy, and Social Trust in Areas of Limited Statehood (mit Tanja A. Börzel) (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
  • (Hrsg. mit David A. Lake and Lisa Martin), Challenges to the Liberal Order. Reflections on International Organization. 75th Anniversary Issue of “International Organization”, Vol. 75, No. 2, 2021
  • (Hrsg. mit Tanja A. Börzel und Anke Draude) The Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Domestic Politics and Norm Diffusion in International Relations. Ideas Do Not Float Freely (London – New York: Routledge, 2016)
  • (Hrsg. mit Tanja A. Börzel) Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • (Hrsg.) European Public Spheres. Politics is Back (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • (Hrsg. mit Stephen C. Ropp und Kathryn Sikkink) The Persistent Power of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • A Community of Europeans. Transnational Identities and Public Spheres (Cornell University Press, 2010)
  • (Hrsg. mit Walter Carlsnaes und Beth Simmons) Handbook of International Relations (Sage, 2002/2012)