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Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi

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Professor and Chair of International Relations

Office hours

Every Tuesday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

The online meeting room can then be accessed via the following password: 7r5wCtyb*

From the 14 December onwards, please register for an office hour here: https://calendly.com/sandra-destradi/sprechstunde-prof-destradi-10-minuten-slot If have a lot to discuss, please book two slots. 

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


Photo: © Ulrike Schröder

Professional career

Since 04/2020    Professor (W3) of Political Science with a particular focus on International Relations, University of Freiburg, Germany
12/2016 – 03/2020          Professor (W3) of Political Science, with a particular focus on International Relations and Regional Governance, Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Head of Research Programme 4 ("Power and Ideas"), GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
10/2018 – 09/2019 Parental leave
10/2015 – 11/2016  Interim professor, Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
09/2014 – 08/2015 Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy
09/2014 – 03/2020 Senior Research Fellow, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (tenured position; on leave 09/2014-08/2015 and 10/2015-03/2020)
11/2009 – 09/2014 Research Fellow, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
10-11/2013 Visiting Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India










Dr. Phil., University of Hamburg, Germany (summa cum laude)

Doctoral student at the University of Hamburg and GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Scholarship from Cusanuswerk.
and 02-05/2009
Field research New Delhi, India. Visiting doctoral student, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India
B.A. and M.A. in Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy at University of Trieste, Italy (110/110 e lode).
10/2003-02/2004 Studies abroad (Erasmus) at University of Vienna, Austria, Department of Ethnology.



Current Research Interests

  • Global Governance and the Global South
  • Populism and foreign policy
  • Emerging powers in international politics


Selected Publications


Full publication list: Download

*= peer reviewed

  • *Destradi, Sandra and Johannes Plagemann (2019), Populism and International Relations: (Un-)Predictability, Personalization, and the Reinforcement of Existing Trends in World Politics, in: Review of International       Studies 45(5), 711-730.
  • *Plagemann, Johannes and Sandra Destradi (2019), Populism and Foreign Policy: The Case of India, in: Foreign Policy Analysis 15 (2): 283-301.
  • *Destradi, Sandra (2018), Reluctant Powers? Rising Powers’ Contributions to Regional Crisis Management, in: Third World Quarterly 39 (12): 2222-2239.
  • *Destradi, Sandra (2017), Reluctance in International Politics: A Conceptualization, in: European Journal of International Relations 23 (2): 315-340.
  • *Plagemann, Johannes and Sandra Destradi (2015), Soft Sovereignty, Rising Powers and Subnational Foreign Policy-Making: The Case of India, in: Globalizations 12 (5): 728-743.
  • Destradi, Sandra (2014), India: A Reluctant Partner for Afghanistan, in: The Washington Quarterly, 37, 2, 103-117.
  • *Vüllers, Johannes and Sandra Destradi (2013), Speech Is Silver, Silence Is Golden? The Consequences of Failed Mediation in Civil Wars, in: Civil Wars, 15, 4, 486-507.
  • *Destradi, Sandra (2012), Indian Foreign and Security Policy in South Asia: Regional Power Strategies, Abingdon und New York: Routledge.
  • *Destradi, Sandra (2012), India and Sri Lanka's Civil War: The Failure of Regional Conflict Management in South Asia, in: Asian Survey, 52, 3, 595-616.
  • *Destradi, Sandra (2010), Regional Powers and Their Strategies: Empire, Hegemony, and Leadership, in: Review of International Studies, 36, 4, 903-930. 


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