Prof. Dr. Dirk Nabers

Head of the Research Group on International Political Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 2, R. 212
Phone: +49 431 880-6325
Telefax: +49 431 880-6333

Office hours

Thu., 10-12 (Appointments via 880-6330 (Mr. Dröse) or necessary.)

Last office hour in summer semester 2018:

Thu, 12.07.18,

During the semester break:

Thu, 09.08.18,

Thu, 23.08.18,

Thu, 06.09.18,

Thu, 20.09.18,

Thu, 18.10.18,

short-term changes reserved.


From winter semester 2018/19 (ws 2018/19) onwards, office hours will resume on a weekly basis each Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 o' clock.

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Current Research

  • IR theories, discourse theory, poststructuralism, International Political Sociology
  • International Security, regionalism


  • The Sustainability Approach on the High Seas (Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean") read more on this project
  • Crisis and Institutional Change in International Politics: The cases of sea-dumped chemical weapons, ocean acidification and eutrophication (DFG; proposal summer 2011) read more on this project
  • Leibniz Graduate School: Regional Power Shifts and the New Global Order (Pact for Research and Innovation; Leibniz-Association, application: September 2008; approval March 2009)
  • Europäisches Netzwerk „Regionale Führungsmächte“ im Bereich Internationale Beziehungen und (Comparative) Area Studies (Pact for Research and Innovation; Leibniz-Association, application: September 2006;  approval March 2007)

Publications (selection)

  • Nabers, Dirk/ Stengel, Frank A. (2017): Trump und der Populismus. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, .
  • "Crisis as dislocation in global politics", in: Politics. Prepublished August 19th 2016. read the article
  • "Local Practices of European Immigration: The "Right of Death and Power over Life" in German Asylum Discourses", in: Global Society 2016, 30 (3), pp. 484-506. read more
  • "A Poststructuralist Theory of Global Politics", Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2015 (Palgrave Studies in International Relations). read more
  • (co-authored with Philip Nel and Melanie Hanif) "Regional Powers and Global Redistribution", London and New York: Routledge 2014. read more
  • (co-authored with David MacDonald and Robert Patman) "Presidential Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror", London: Ashgate 2012. read more
  • (co-authored with Daniel Flemes and Detlef Nolte) "Macht, Führung und Regionale Ordnung", Baden-Baden: Nomos 2012. read more
  • (co-authored with Nadine Godehardt) "Regional power and regional order", London/New York: Routledge 2011. read more
  • (co-authored with David Shim) “Imaging North Korea: Exploring Visual Representations in International Politics”, in: International Studies Perspectives 2012, 14 (3), pp. 289-306. read more
  • “Punishment, Power, and Subjectivity”, in: International Studies Review 2010, 12 (1), pp. 110-114. read more
  • "Power, leadership, and hegemony in international politics: The case of East Asia", Review of International Studies 2010, 36 (4), pp. 931-949. read more
  • "Filling the void of meaning: Identity construction in U.S. foreign policy after September 11, 2001", in: Foreign Policy Analysis , 2009, 5 (2), pp. 191-214 read more
  • "9/11 and the Rise of Political Fundamentalism in the Bush Administration: Domestic Legitimatisation versus International Estrangement?", in: Global Change, Peace and Security 2008, 20 (2), pp. 169-184. read more
  • "Amerikanische Konstruktionen des Krieges und der Selbstverteidigung nach dem 11. September 2001", in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 2007, 17 (7), pp. 357-378. read more
  • "The Social Construction of the Alliance against Terror - Japan, Germany and the United States", in: Cooperation and Conflict 2006, 41 (3), pp. 305-326.
  • "Allianz gegen den Terror - Deutschland, Japan und die USA nach dem 11. September 2001", Wiesbaden 2005: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Series "Forschung Politik").  read more