Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Felix Berenskoetter

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Head of Department
Department of Politics and International Studies
MA (Rutgers), PhD (LSE)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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+44 (0) 207 898 4682
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On request


Felix Berenskötter is a scholar working in the academic field of International Relations. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Master’s degree from Rutgers University. Before joining SOAS, he was he was a Research Associate at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and a Research Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. His work has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust.

Felix is founder and former chair of the Theory Section of the International Studies Association (ISA), he co-convened the Interpretivism in International Relations Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and currently serves on the Governing Board of the European International Studies Association (EISA). He was an editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, a founding associate editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies, and is co-editor of a new book series Bristol Studies in International Theory (Bristol University Press).

Felix served as Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies from July 2019 to January 2023.


Key publications

Felix’ research explores how we theorise world politics and political agency through concepts of identity, friendship, strangeness, power, security, peace, and time. He traces these themes empirically by looking at questions of European security, Germany’s special relationships and other matters. He also is concerned with the university as an idea, an institution and a lived experience. Felix welcomes PhD students with ambitious projects in all these areas.

Research interests

  • Theory and theory building in International Relations
  • Concepts analysis (identity, power, security, peace, history)
  • Politics of space and time
  • Friendship and estrangement in international politics
  • Transatlantic relations (in particular Germany-US)
  • European security
  • Transnational policing

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Ms Taylor Kenzie Borowetz "Building postcolonial narratives of emancipation: Envisioning “struggle” as a constructive process"
Miss Catherine Craven Locating Politics in the Global: A Practice-Based Analysis of Tamil Diaspora Engagement
Paul Kaletsch The Recent Aftermath of "Unsuccessful" Contemporary East Asian Urban Student Protests?


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