26 January 2021

New appointments at the department

New appointments

The Department is delighted to formally announce the appointment of three new faculty colleagues to the Department of Political Science, as well as the promotion of our own Anders Wivel to full Professor, as a fourth appointment to the faculty.

-The recruitment process has been lengthened by COVID related restrictions, but I am very happy to finally confirm that Michele Betsill, Maja Zehfuss and Jonathan Luke Austin will become part of our Departmental family in 2021, Head of Department Nina Græger says.

-The high calibre and international profile of our three new colleagues, is clear. It is a real endorsement of our existing academic community that we have convinced Michele, Maja and Jonathan to advance their careers on our patch, Græger adds, and continues:
- I’m confident that Michele, Maja and Jonathan will further energise and enhance our teaching and research expertise in environmental governance and climate change, international politics, and International Relations.

Our three new colleagues will join us from the US, the UK, and Switzerland and DPS looks forward to welcome, talk and collaborate with our new colleagues on campus in August 2021.

Michele Betsill

Michele trained at the University of Colorado-Boulder (PhD) and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (postdoc fellowship), before joining the Colorado State University Political Science faculty in 2000. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and global environmental politics, her research focuses on global environmental governance. Michele has a particular emphasis on the role of non-state and sub-national actors in creating new mechanisms for steering society towards a more sustainable future. Complementing this broad interest in climate change, Michele has recently examined issues around natural resource extraction and marine conservation. She was a founding member of the Earth System Governance Project, a global social science network of scholars working at the interface of governance and global environmental change, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Earth System Governance Journal.
Read more about Michele Betsill.

Maja Zehfuss

Maja Zehfuss is currently a Professor of International Politics at The University of Manchester, and also serves as Chair of the Editorial Board of Manchester University Press. She has written on a wide range of issues around theory, war, ethics, memory and vulnerability. Zehfuss’ current research explores the politics of making migrants; initial work from this project recently appeared in International Political Sociology. Her most recent monograph, War and the Politics of Ethics (OUP, 2018), was the subject of a special issue of Critical Studies on Security and received an Honourable Mention for the BISA Susan Strange Prize. She co-edits Global Politics: A New Introduction, currently in a third edition, and also serves as co-editor of Review of International Studies. She was recently made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK.
Read more about Maja Zehfuss.

Jonathan Luke Austin

Jonathan Luke Austin is currently a Lead Researcher for VIPRE, the Violence Prevention Initiative at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he is also a Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher. His research agenda is currently orientated around four axes: 1) the ethnographic study of the ontologies of political violence; 2) relationships between technology, design theory and world politics; 3) the political status of aesthetics; and 4) the contemporary state of scientific critique. In parallel, Austin has extensive Middle Eastern experience (including in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey) and regularly consults for NGOs and the media on current events. Austin’s work has been published in leading journals, including the European Journal of International Relations, International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, the Review of International Studies, and the European Journal of International Security.
Read more about Jonathan Luke Austin.

Anders Wivel

Anders Wivel is currently Professor MSO (with special responsibilities) and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at DPS. He is promoted to full Professor. His research explores how power politics is being transformed in the Euro-Atlantic area, and how this transformation affects both challenges and opportunities for small states. Theoretically, his work engages strongly with the realist perspective on international relations. Wivel has published widely on foreign policy, small states in international relations and power politics, in International Affairs, Ethics and International Affairs, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, International Studies Review, Global Affairs and European Security. Recent books include the Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations (OUP, 2021, as a co-editor), a Handbook on the Politics of Small States (Edward Elgar, 2020, as a co-editor) and International Institutions and Power Politics: Bridging the Divide (Georgetown University Press, 2019, as a co-editor).
Read more about Anders Wivel.