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Dr. Carmen Wunderlich

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Interim Professor of Political Science with a focus on International Relations

Office Hours

Regular office hours:

Wednesday between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM

Available appointments and registration at:


Office hours are held digitally or in person.

Address Rempartstr. 15, KG IV, 79085 Freiburg
Room 4325
Phone +49 - (0)761 - 203-3465
Email carmen.wunderlich@politik.uni-freiburg.de

Professional Background

since 10/2023

Interim Professor of Political Science with a focus on International Relations, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
04/2023 – 09/2023
Interim Professor of "International Relations and Sustainable Development" (W3), Institute of Political Science, University of Münster
since 11/2022 Member of the research network "Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence," Harvard University & MacArthur Foundation
03/2020 – 04/2021 Parental leave
since 11/2018

Academic Counselor on a temporary basis at the Chair for International Relations and Development Policy, Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen


since 04/2023: on leave due to interim professorship

since 04/2021: Head of the sub-project "Social Constructivist Approaches to Confidence Building and Verification" within the BMBF-funded joint project VeSPoTec - Center for Integrated Interdisciplinary Verification Research

since 2018 Associated Researcher, Peace Research Center Prague (PRCP), Charles University Prague
02/2016 – 10/2018

Research Associate (Post-Doc), Leibniz Institute for Peace and Conflict Research/Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

02/2016 – 12/2016 Parental leave
10/2015 – 02/2016 Scientific Coordinator (interim position) Leibniz Research Alliance: "Crises of a Globalized World," (PRIF)
05-06 & 10-12/2014 Visiting Scientist, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Research Area "Global Governance"
01 – 05/2012 Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), Vienna/Austria
10/2008 – 02/2016 Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate, PRIF, Program Area "Transnational Actors" and "International Security"


Academic Education


PhD (Dr. phil.) at the University of Frankfurt.

Dissertation Title: "Black Sheep or Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: Rogue States as Norm Entrepreneurs"

06/2008 First State Exam in German and Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt
2001-2007 Studies in Political Science, Philosophy, and German Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

Research Interests

  • Global Norm Dynamics | Norm Research in International Relations
  • Contestation and Dissent in International Politics, especially focusing on so-called Rogue States and self-organized working children in the Global South
  • Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation
  • Global Governance
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • Theories of International Relations, particularly social constructivist approaches

Current Publications (Selection)

Complete list of publications: Download

* = peer-reviewed

  • * Blinded by Delight? A Plea for De-Moralising the Scholarship on Norm Entrepreneurs, in: European Review of International Studies 9:3, pp. 363-388. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27182574
  • * Reevaluating Constructivist Norm Theory: A Three-Dimensional Norms Research Program (with Jeffrey S. Lantis), in: International Studies Review, 24:1, viab059, https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viab059
  • * The Vitality of the NPT after 50 (with Maria Rost Rublee), in: Contemporary Security Policy, 43:1, pp. 5-23, https://doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2022.2037969
  • Rüstungsdynamiken. Abrüsten statt Wettrüsten (with Jana Baldus, Michael Brzoska, Caroline Fehl, Sascha Hach, Moritz Kütt, Tim Thies and Maren Vieluf), in: BICC/HSFK/IFSH/INEF (Eds.): Peace Report 2022, Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 93-109.
  • Gender, Diversity and Violence. Sustainable Peace (with Laura Isabella Brunke, Tobias Debiel, Elvan Isikozlu, Clara Perras, Patricia Rinck, Carolin Rosenberg, Victoria Scheyer, Cornelia Ulbert, Lars Wirkus, Simone Wisotzki), in: BICC/HSFK/IFSH/INEF (Eds.): Peace Report 2022, Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 69-88.
  • * Forum: Nonuse of Nuclear Weapons in World Politics:
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