Maria Mälksoo

Maria Mälksoo

Senior researcher

Maria Mälksoo’s research foci are in Critical Security Studies (ontological security, securitization of historical memory, hybrid warfare); political anthropology (liminality, rituals), and the social study of deterrence (with a focus on NATO’s eastern flank).

Dr Mälksoo is the PI of the University of Copenhagen team in the Volkswagen Foundation-supported project The Challenge of Populist Memory Politics of Europe: Towards Effective Responses to Militant Legislation on the Past (MEMOCRACY) (2021-2024).

She is the author of The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries (Routledge, 2010); a co-author of Remembering Katyn (Polity, 2012); an editor of the JIRD Special Issue “Uses of ‘the East’ in International Studies: provincializing IR from Central and Eastern Europe” (2022) and the Handbook on the Politics of Memory (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2023).

Maria Mälksoo has been a visiting research fellow at the Centre of International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (2015), and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2012). She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge (2008) and has previously worked at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (2016-2021); the University of Tartu, Estonia (2010-2016); International Centre for Defence and Security, Tallinn (2007-2010); the Estonian Ministry of Defence, and the Office of the President of Estonia.

She was the Executive Secretary of the European International Studies Association (EISA) in 2018-2021, and currently serves as the President of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA) (2019-2022). She is the editorial board member of International Political Anthropology, Contemporary Security Policy and Global Studies Quarterly, and has previously served as an Associate Editor of New Perspectives and Global Society.


Supervision of PhD students

 Current: Thomas Chevalier (University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies), Raphaël Wolff (University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies)

Completed: Birgit Poopuu (University of Tartu, 2016); Shota Kakabadze (University of Tartu, 2020) - as primary supervisor;

Camilla Edemann Callesen (University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, 2020); Abdullah Al-Jabassini (University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, 2020) - as secondary supervisor.


MEMOCRACY project (2021-2024)

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