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Management Committee

The CIS Management Committee is responsible for recommending the appointment of visiting researchers to the CIS, as well as establishing and providing advice on the overall strategic direction of the Centre and its activities. The Committee comprises eight academics from three departments across the School, reflecting the interdisciplinary identity of the Centre. The current Director of the CIS and Chair of the Management Committee is Jens Meierhenrich.




Jens Meierhenrich

Director of the Centre for International Studies 
Chair of the Management Committee

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Jens Meierhenrich is also an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously taught for a decade at Harvard University, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government.

He is the author of The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which won the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published during the previous year in politics, government, or international affairs.

His other books include The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat: An Ethnography of Nazi Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), Lawfare: A Genealogy (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Violence of Law: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda, 1994-2012 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and, as editor or co-editor, Genocide: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt (Oxford University Press, 2016), Political Trials in Theory and History (Cambridge University Press, 2016), The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2019), and The Law and Practice of International Commissions of Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Jens Meierhenrich is co-editor of "Cambridge Studies in Law and Society," the venerable book series at Cambridge University Press, and has conducted archival, ethnographic, or other in-depth field research in Argentina, Cambodia, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, South Africa, and also in several international organizations. He served as a Visiting Professional in Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, where he worked with Luis Moreno Ocampo, its first Prosecutor, and is also the editor of a special double issue of Law & Contemporary Problems on “The Practices of the International Criminal Court.”

He is presently completing his much-awaited genocide trilogy — comprising The Rationality of Genocide, The Structure of Genocide, and The Culture of Genocide (all to be published by Princeton University Press) — and recently spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton to work on his next monograph, an ethnography of the International Criminal Court.



Tarak Barkawi

Tarak Barkawi is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A historian of war and empire, his scholarship uses interdisciplinary approaches to imperial and military archives to re-imagine relations between war, armed forces, and society in modern times. He has written on the pivotal place of armed force in globalization, imperialism, and modernization, and on the neglected significance of war in social and political theory and in histories of empire. His latest book, Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examined the multicultural armies of British Asia, reconceiving Indian and British soldiers in cosmopolitan rather than national terms. He is currently working on the Korean War and the American experience of military defeat at the hands of those regarded as racially inferior. This new project explores soldiers’ history writing as a site for war’s constitutive presence in society and politics. 

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William A. Callahan

William Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research and teaching focus on the international politics of East Asia, including Chinese foreign policy. He is interested in the interplay between ideas and policy, and the dynamic relationship of security and identity. Other research interests include International Relations and International Relations Theory. His books include China Dreams: 20 Views of the Future (Oxford University Press, 2013), China: The Pessoptimist Nation (Oxford University Press, 2010), Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia (Routledge, 2006) and Contingent States: Great China and Transnational Relations (Minnesota, 2004), and he has published articles in numerous journals, including Asian Survey, International Organization, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, Public Culture, and the Review of International Studies.

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Tomila Lankina

Tomila Lankina is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on comparative democracy and authoritarianism, mass protests and historical patterns of human capital and democratic reproduction in Russia and other states. Recent publications include articles in the American Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Demokratizatsiya, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and World Politics. She is also the author of Governing the Locals: Local Self-Government and Ethnic Mobilization in Russia (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); and, with Anneke Hudalla and Hellmut Wollmann, of Local Governance in Central and Eastern Europe (Palgrave, 2008). She received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a student at St Antony’s and Balliol Colleges. She has held research appointments at the Humboldt University in Berlin, at Stanford University, and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has served as consultant to the World Bank, the European Union, the Soros Foundations. and other policy bodies.

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Susan Marks

Susan Marks is Professor of Law at the at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously taught at Kings College London and, prior to that, at the University of Cambridge, where she was a fellow of Emmanuel College. Her research is concerned with international law and human rights. She is the author of The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy, and the Critique of Ideology (Oxford University Press, 2000) and, with Andrew Clapham, of International Human Rights Lexicon (Oxford University Press, 2005), as well as the editor of International Law on the Left (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Her current work focuses primarily on the history of human rights in radical thought. It addresses themes including democracy, poverty, torture, counter-terrorism, and apology, exploring their character and significance as problems of international law and human rights.

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Claire Moon

Claire Moon is Associate Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a member of LSE Human Rights, and an associate of the LSE’s Latin America and Caribbean Centre. She has degrees in Literature, International Relations, and Politics. Her research spans the sociologies of politics, crime, law, violence, knowledge, science and death, and is best characterised as theoretically-driven empirical research. Specific topics she has written on include transitional justice, post-conflict reconciliation, reparations, war trauma, human rights, humanitarianism and science (forensics). She is the author of Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Lexington Books, 2008) and is currently working on a book about the history, politics, and ethics of the forensic exhumation of mass graves. Professor Moon currently holds a three-year Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for her project “Human Rights, Human Remains: Forensic Humanitarianism and the Politics of the Grave.” The project investigates the history of forensic humanitarianism in the context of Mexico’s current war against organised crime, and asks the question of whether the dead have human rights. 

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John T. Sidel

John T. Sidel is the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is affiliated with both the Government and International Relations departments. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) before taking up his current post at the LSE. He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (Stanford University Press, 1999), and, with Eva-Lotta Hedman, of Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories (Routledge, 2000). His other books include Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2006), The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (East-West Center, 2007), Coalitions for Change in the Philippines: Legacies, Linkages, Lessons (Asia Foundation, 2018), and the forthcoming Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia.

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Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson is Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has taught since 1990. His main fields of expertise are the theory and practice of international relations during the inter-war period of the twentieth century and the theory and methodology of the English School. He has published widely in these areas, including, most notably, Thinkers of the Twenty Years’ Crisis: Inter-War Idealism Reassessed (Oxford University Press, 1995), which he co-edited David Long. His articles have appeared in the International Studies Review, Review of International Studies, and other learned journals. He is a long-standing member of the British Studies Association, the International Studies Association, and the European International Studies Association, regularly participates in their conferences. Since 2016 he has served as Chair of EISA’s English School Section. He is also a member of the Gilbert Murray Trust and chairs its International Studies Committee. He is currently working on a study of C. A. W. Manning’s controversial defence of apartheid.

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Helena Ivanov
Manager of the Centre for International Studies
Ph.D Candidate in International Relations, LSE

Email: H.Ivanov@lse.ac.uk

My research focuses on the relationship between propaganda and mass categorical violence against civilians. More specifically, I analyse the role of propaganda in justifying violence against civilians during the Yugoslav wars: 1991-1995. 

During my MPhil degree at the University of Oxford, I analysed the role that dehumanisation plays in justifying violence against civilians, and worked as a Waynflete Intern in Politics at Magdalen College School. 

During my undergraduate degree at the University of Belgrade, I worked as a Student teaching assistant for Introduction to Political Theory course, have been a member of the executive board of Open Communication (a non-governmental organisation in Serbia), took part in debating and won several international competitions (including European Universities Debating Championship in the English as a Second Language Category), and held debating courses across the globe (including WFUNA camp in South Korea).