Prof. Dr. Alexander Spencer

Head of programme

Prof. Dr. Alexander Spencer

Faculty of Humanities, Social Science & Education
Zschokkestr. 32, 39104 Magdeburg, G40-306

Since Oct. 2017: Chair of International Relations (W-3), Institute of Social Sciences, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

2016-2017:   Acting Chair of International Relations (W-3), Institute of Social Sciences, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Lehrstuhlvertretung).

2015-2016:   Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, UK.

2014-2015:   Acting Chair of Global Governance and Public Policy (W-3), Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtiy Munich (Lehrstuhlvertretung).

2010-2015:   Habilitation in Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.

2010-2016:   Assistant Professor, non-tenure track (Wissenschaftlicher Assistant, Akademischer Rat a.Z. (A13)) at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

2005-2010:   Dr. phil. (PhD equivalent) in Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.

2008-2009:   Research and Teaching Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Department of Political Science, Technical University Munich.

2007-2008:   Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben) at the Chair for International Relations, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

2007-2008:   Online Tutor (Lehrbeauftragter) in the International Relations Masters Online Program, Free University Berlin.

2005-2007:   Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant (Lehrbeauftragter und Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) at the Chair of International Politics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. 

2003-2004:   M.Sc. in International Relations, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

1998-2002:   B.A. (Honours) in Political Science and Spanish, School of European Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, one year at the University of Granada, Spain.

Lectures and seminars
Research focus
  • critical security studies
  • discourse analysis
  • constructivism
  • foreign policy
  • non-state actors
  • terrorism
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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