Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (GSI)



PD Dr. Alexander Spencer

PD Dr. Alexander Spencer


Lehre, Forschung


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Global Governance and Public Policy
Oettingenstraße 67
80538 München

Raum: H102
Telefon: +49 (0) 89 2180-9053

Im SoSe 2016 und WiSe 2016/2017 vertritt PD Dr. Spencer den Lehrstuhl für Internationale Beziehungen an der Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg.

Weitere Informationen

Coming soon:

Romantic narratives in international politics. Pirates, rebels and mercenaries, out in July 2016 with Manchester University Press

By developing a new analytical method of narrative discourse analysis, this study introduces new insights from literary studies and narratology into International Relations. This method examines the romantic narratives of pirates in Somalia, rebels in Libya and private military and security companies in Iraq and argues that these best resonate with an audience if they are able to connect to culturally embedded narratives found in literature, media and pop-culture. Dominant romantic narratives marginalise other, less flattering, stories about these actors, in which they are constituted as terrorists and held responsible for human rights violations. Focusing on the three narrative elements of setting, characterization and employment, the book argues that narratives are of fundamental importance for human cognition and identity construction. They help us understand the social and political world in which we live. The book emphasises the idea of intertextual narratability which holds that for narratives to become dominant they have to link themselves to previously existing stories.

Out now:

Special Issue in the Journal of European Public Policy on Fiascos in Foreign Policy and Public Policy

The special issue brings together innovative research papers on the study of policy fiascos in Europe. The main rationale behind the proposal is twofold. First, the special issue serves to reflect on and further develop the state of the art in studying policy fiascos at a time when research in this field is at a critical juncture. Second, the special issue explores the potential of bringing together the literatures on policy fiascos in public policy and in foreign policy broadly conceived, which have so far talked very little to each other.


Lehre im Sommersemester 2015

Lehre im Wintersemester 2014/2015

Lehre im Sommersemester 2014

Lehre im Sommersemester 2013

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang:

  • Ab April 2016 Vertretung der W 3-Professur für Internationale Beziehungen, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Sep. 2014-März 2015 Vertretung der W 3-Professur Global Governance and Public Policy, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2010-2016 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (Akademischer Rat a.Z.) am Lehrstuhl für Global Governance, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2010-2015 Habilitation an der Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • 2009-2010 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Global Governance, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2007-2008 Lecturer am Lehrstuhl für Internationale Politik, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, LMU München
  • 2007 Lehrbeauftragter an der Freien Universität Berlin
  • 2005-2007 Lehrbeauftragter am Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politische Wissenschaft LMU München
  • 2005-2010 Promotion zum Dr. Phil an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • 2008-2009 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter am Lehrstuhl für Politische Wissenschaft der TU München.
  • 2004-2005 Mastersstudium (Internationale Beziehungen) an der University of Bristol
  • 2000-2001 Erasmus-Jahr (Politik und Geschichte) an der Universidad de Granada
  • 1998-2002 Bachelorstudium (Politik und Spanisch) an der University of Sussex


Global Governance, Terrorismus- und Konfliktforschung, Internationale Sicherheitspolitik, Theorien der Internationalen Beziehungen, Diskursanalyse, Narrative, Medien, Cultural Turn.