Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Maria Fanis 
Associate Professor

259 Bentley Annex

My 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 my 2011 book, Secular Morality and International Security, I combine 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.

My 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. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, also at Oxford University. In 2014 I was the Fulbright Scholar at the Diplomatic Academy, Institute for International Studies, in Vienna, Austria.