Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.
Ben Christian is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of International Institutions and Peace Processes. He studied Political Science at the Universities of Mannheim and Exeter (B.A., with distinction) and Frankfurt am Main (M.A., with distinction). During his studies, he worked as an intern at various institutions (including the German Bundestag, Amnesty International, and KfW Entwicklungsbank) and received a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. From 2019 to 2023, he was a doctoral researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. In 2023, he received his PhD from Goethe University Frankfurt for his dissertation on “criticism from within” in international organizations. In the course of his PhD, he conducted field research in New York, Rome, and Geneva. Since December 2022, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Prof. Lisbeth Zimmermann, where he works on conflict and trust dynamics in international organizations. From September to December 2023, he is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
His research focuses on the “inner workings” of international organizations (IOs). He is interested in processes of organizational learning and reform, the role of internal criticism, practices of self-legitimation, and the agency and emotions of IO staff. Recently, he has also started to explore the relationship between trust and conflict in international politics.
Journal articles (double-blind peer review)
Journal articles (without external review process)
Goethe University Frankfurt
FB03: Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Campus Westend – PEG-Gebäude
60323 Frankfurt am Main