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Maria Fanis

Dr. Maria Fanis, portrait
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
Bentley Annex 223

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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001

Research Areas

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Foreign Policy
  • Global Security

About Dr. Fanis

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 interests are in the areas of national identity formation, citizenship and morality in international relations, the role of everyday practices in the construction of the political, political subjectivity, critical security studies, U.S. and British foreign policies, new security threats under globalization, humanitarian wars, language change and religion in the Middle East, and regime stability in Jordan. In her 2011 book, Secular Morality and International Security, she combines insights from cultural and gender studies, intellectual and labor history, and social theory in order to show how domestic ethical codes influence perceptions of threat from abroad.

Her research has been supported by the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University, the Peace Studies Center at Cornell University, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and the Greek Institute for International and Strategic Studies. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, also at Oxford University. In 2014 she was the Fulbright Scholar at the Diplomatic Academy, Institute for International Studies, in Vienna, Austria.