Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff


Curriculum Vitae

Nicole Deitelhoff has held the Chair for International Relations and Theories of Global Order at Goethe University since 2009. She is the designated director of the research alliance “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Spokesperson of the Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC), as well as the Spokesperson of its Frankfurt Branch. Additionally, she is the designated Co-Speaker of the Hessian excellence promotion initiative “ConTrust: Trust in Conflict”.

Since 2016, she is the executive director of the Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). Currently, she is heading the research department II ‘International Institutions’ as well as co-heading research department III ‘Transnational Politics’ at PRIF. Before coming to Frankfurt, she held positions at the University Bremen and Technical University of Darmstadt and was a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Her research interests cover contestation and crises of institutions and international norms; the foundations of political rule and its legitimation; forms of international resistance, opposition and dissidence; as well as democracy and social cohesion. She received the Heinz Maier-Leibniz Prize of the German Science Foundation (DFG) for her publication “Überzeugung in der Politik” (Suhrkamp 2006). Her recent publications include “Keeping Your Enemies Close? The Variety of Social Movements’ Reactions to International Organizations’ Opening Up” (International Studies Review 2021, with Felix Anderl und Priska Daphi), “Rules and Resistance in Global Governance” (International Theory 2020, with Christopher Daase) and “What’s in a Name? Contestation and Backlash Against International Norms and Institutions” (British Journal of Politics and International Relations 2020).

In 2017, the Schader Foundation bestowed her the Schader Award.

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Since 2018 Member of the 15th Advisory Council for Internal Governance of the Federal Ministry of Defense
Since 2018 Spokesperson (Frankfurt section) of the Institute for Social Cohesion funded by the BMBF
Since 2018 Member of the Research Council of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
2018-2020 Member of the German Commission for UNESCO
Since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
Since 2017 Member of the Senate of Schader Foundation
Since 2017 Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Study Prize of Körber-Foundation
Since 2016 Spokesperson of the Leibniz Research Alliance „Crises in a Globalised World
2015-2018 Executive editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB)
2014-2015, 2008-2011 Coordination of the Womens Network of the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders"
Seit 2013 Member of advisory board of Käte Hamburger Kollegs
2013-2014 Vice Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe-University Frankfurt
Since 2010 Coordination of the research association „International Dissidence“ (with Christopher Daase) (2010-2012 Application, since 2013 four DFG-Projects and one Cluster-Project)
2010-2012 Deputy Director of Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE)
Since 2009 Member of advisory board of Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden (SEF)
2009-2017 Member of advisory board of journal "Leviathan"
2009-2016 Coordination of International Graduate Program (IGP) of Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders"
Since 2007 Member of board of the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders"
2006-2012 Member of board of German section "International Relations" of the German Association of Political Science (DVPW)
2005-2015 Co-editor of IR-section series "Internationale Politik" and "Weltpolitik im 21. Jahrhundert" at NOMOS
2004-2006 Spokeperson of younger researchers group of the "International Relations" of the German Association of Political Science (DVPW)

Reviewer for foundations:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Volkswagen Stiftung
  • Thyssen-Stiftung
  • Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung

Reviewer for Journals and presses: 

  • Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen
  • Leviathan
  • Politische Vierteljahresschrift
  • Security Dialogue
  • Millennium
  • European Journal of International Relations
  • Journal of International Relations and Development
  • Cooperation and Conflict
  • Review of International Studies
  • International Organization
  • American Political Science Review
  • Cambridge UP
  • Oxford UP