Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Maria Fanis 
Associate Professor

259 Bentley Annex

Dr. Maria Fanis is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2001), an M.A. in European and International Studies from the University of Reading, UK, and a B.A. in Political Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of national identity construction, secular morality and foreign policy, the role of race, gender and religion in foreign policy, public ethos and new security threats under globalization, comparative citizenships and new ethical orders in late modernity, critical approaches to security studies, human rights and global governance, secularism and Political Islam, and British and American foreign policies.

Prior to joining the department of political science at Ohio University Professor Fanis was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Government department at Cornell University and a Fellow at the Peace Studies Institute also at Cornell University (2001-2003). During 2003-2004 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University, and during 2004-2004 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University. She has also been a fellow at the Institute for Social Research, Program for International Peace and Security at the University of Michigan (1992-93) as well as a research associate at the Greek Institute for International and Strategic Studies (1991-92).

Her book Secular Morality and International Security: American and British Decisions about War (University of Michigan Press, 2011) explores the effects of moral codes on international security and on countries' decisions to fight wars or not. By combining insights from cultural, gender studies, and social history the book shows the critical importance of national identity in decisions about war and peace. Fanis also challenges conventional approaches to international security by showing that domestic ethical codes influence perceptions of security threats.

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