Prof. Dr. Alexander Spencer

Lehrstuhlinhaber Internationale Beziehungen

Prof. Dr. Alexander Spencer

Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften (FHW)
Bereich Politikwissenschaften (PW)
Zschokkestr. 32, 39104, Magdeburg, G40-306
Sprechzeiten: Wednesday 3-5pm. Please register up-front.
  • Seit Oktober 2017 W 3-Professur für Internationale Beziehungen & Leiter des MA Studiengangs Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • April 2016 - Oktober 2017 Vertretung der W 3-Professur für Internationale Beziehungen, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Sep. 2014 - März 2015 Vertretung der W 3-Professur Global Governance and Public Policy, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2010-2016 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (Akademischer Rat a.Z.) am Lehrstuhl für Global Governance, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2010-2015 Habilitation an der Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • 2009-2010 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Global Governance, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2007-2008 Lecturer am Lehrstuhl für Internationale Politik, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2007 Lehrbeauftragter an der Freien Universität Berlin
  • 2005-2007 Lehrbeauftragter am Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politische Wissenschaft LMU München
  • 2005-2010 Promotion zum Dr. Phil an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • 2008-2009 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter am Lehrstuhl für Politische Wissenschaft der TU München.
  • 2004-2005 Mastersstudium (Internationale Beziehungen) an der University of Bristol
  • 2000-2001 Erasmus-Jahr (Politik und Geschichte) an der Universidad de Granada
  • 1998-2002 Bachelorstudium (Politik und Spanisch) an der University of Sussex

Research Monographs (* peer reviewed)



    romantic narratives in international politics



    the tabloid terrorist



Edited Volumes, Special Issues & Book Series (* peer reviewed)



    political mistakes and policy failures in international relations



    fiascos in public policy and foreign policy



    reconciliation after terrorism



    terrorismusforschung in deutschland


  • Politische Diskurse, Book Series, Baden-Baden: Nomos (2015) [together with Eva Herschinger and Judith Renner].



Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


  • Studying Fiascos: Bringing Public and Foreign Policy Together, in: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 5 (2016), 643-652 [together with Kai Oppermann]. First page preview; Full text.
  • Telling Stories of Failure: Narrative Constructions of Foreign Policy Fiascos, in Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 5 (2016), 685-701 [with Kai Oppermann]. Abstract; Full text.
  • “Es war einmal ein Fehler…”: Fiaskos als Narrative in der Außenpolitik, Zeitschrift für Politik, Vol. 62, No. 2 (2016), 156-169 [with Kai Oppermann]. Full text.
  • Romantic stories of the pirate in IARRRH: The failure of linking piracy and terrorism narratives in Germany, in: International Studies Perspectives, Vol. 15, No. 3 (2014), 297-312. Abstract; Full text (PDF, 126 kB).
  • Contested Stories of Commercial Security: Self and Media Narratives of Private Military Companies, in: Critical Studies on Security, Vol. 1, No. 3 (2013), 326-346 [with Andreas Kruck] Abstract; Post-Print Version (PDF 425 kb).
  • De-Antagonising the Other: Changing Constructions of the Taliban and the Possibility of Reconciliation, in: Global Society, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2013), 475-496 [with Judith Renner] Abstract; Full text (PDF, 280 kB).
  • Thinking Alike? Salience and Metaphor analysis as Cognitive Approaches to Foreign Policy Analysis, in: Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013), 39-56 [with Kai Oppermann] Abstract; Full text (PDF, 236 kB).
  • Reconciliation with Al Qaeda?, in: Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2012), 202-209 [with Judith Renner; reprinted in Roger Mac Ginty (ed.) Peacebuilding (Sage Library of International Relations), Vol. 3, London: Sage (2014)]. First page preview
  • Sic[k] of the New Terrorism Debate? A Response to our Critics, in: Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2011), 459-467. Abstract; Full text (PDF, 114 kB)
  • Bild dir Deine Meinung. Die metaphorische Konstruktion des Terrorismus in den Medien, in: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2011), 47-76 [reprinted in Stephan Stetter, Carlo Masala und Marina Karbowski (eds.) Mit Sicherheit unsicher? Debatten zu Krieg und Frieden in den internationalen Beziehungen, Baden Baden: Nomos (2014)]. Full text (PDF, 173 kB)
  • International Relations at the Movies: Teaching and Learning About International Politics Through Film, in: Perspectives: The Review of International Affairs, Vol. 17, No.1 (2009), pp. 83-104 [with Stefan Engert]. Abstract; Full journal text (PDF, 1,70 MB)
  • Counter-(T)error: the Role of Immigration in the Fight against Terrorism, in: Hamburg Review of Social Science, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2007) 58-79. Full text (PDF, 157 kB)
  • Questioning the Concept of 'New Terrorism', in: Peace, Conflict and Development, Vol. 8 (2006), 1-33. Full text (PDF, 337 kB)
  • Counter-Terrorism in New Europe, in: International Public Policy Review, Vol. 2, No.2 (2006), 92-112. Full text (PDF, 536 kB)
  • The Problems of Evaluating Counter-Terrorism, in: UNISCI Discussion Papers, No. 12 (2006), 179-201.
    Full text (PDF, 308 kB)



Book Chapters (* peer reviewed)

  • "Terrorismus und internationale Politik", in Carlo Masala und Frank Sauer (eds.) Handbuch Internationalen Beziehungen, 2. updated edition, Wiesbaden: Springer VS (2015) [forthcoming, together with Christopher Daase].
  • Vom „Söldner“ zum „Samariter“? Die narrativen Grenzen strategischer Imagekonstruktion von privaten Sicherheitsdienstleistern, in Wilhelm Hofmann, Judith Renner and Katja Teich (eds.) Narrative Formen der Politik, Wiesbaden: Springer VS (2014),pp. 145-168 [together with Andreas Kruck].
  • "Happiness is only a Teardrop away: A Neo-Marxist Interpretation of Shrek", in Aurélie Lacassagne, Tim Nieguth and François Dépelteau (eds.) Investigating Shrek: Power, Identity and Ideology, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2011), pp. 59-72 [together with Andreas Kruck and Judith Renner].*
  • "Old and New European Counter-Terrorism", in Paul Heywood, Erik Jones, Martin Rhodes and Ulrich Sedelmeier (eds.) Developments in European Politics, Second Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2011), pp. 281-299.*
  • "Die Entwicklung der deutschen Terrorismusforschung: auf dem Weg zu einer ontologischen und epistemologischen Bestandsaufnahme", in Alexander Spencer, Alexander Kocks und Kai Harbrich (eds.) Terrorismusforschung in Deutschland, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag (2011), pp. 9-21 [together with Alexander Kocks und Kai Harbrich].
  • "Stand und Perspektiven der Politikwissenschaftlichen Terrorismusforschung", in Alexander Spencer, Alexander Kocks und Kai Harbrich (eds.) Terrorismusforschung in Deutschland, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag (2011), pp. 25-47 [together with Christopher Daase].
  • "Ein Goldenes Zeitalter der Terrorismusforschung oder macht der Letzte bitte das Licht aus?", in Alexander Spencer, Alexander Kocks und Kai Harbrich (eds.) Terrorismusforschung in Deutschland, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag (2011), pp. 306-322 [together with Kai Harbrich und Alexander Kocks].



  • Terrorismus- und Konfliktforschung
  • Internationale Sicherheitspolitik
  • Theorien der Internationalen Beziehungen
  • Diskursanalyse
  • Narrative
  • Medien
  • Cultural Turn

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PhD at our Chair

The chair of International Relations offers the opportunity to complete your individual research project in the field of peace and conflict studies, international relations or a closely-related subject area.

 A PhD or rather the German equivalent “Dr. phil.” is a substantial scientific piece of work which takes on average 4-5 years to complete.

 There currently is no graduate school or structured PhD programme. PhDs are supervised individually by Alexander Spencer and the supervision is tailored according to the individual needs and abilities of the candidates.

 This includes a research seminar each term in which all the PhD students and scientific staff of the chair present their current research in order to get feedback. PhD students are expected to participate in these seminars on a regular basis.

 For those interested in pursuing an academic career after their PhD, the chair offers PhD students the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience and give seminars in the Master’s Programme of PACS, voluntarily and on topics of their individual research focus.


For detailed information please visit: PhD at the Chair of International Relations 

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