New Professors

Spring 2018


Anna Leander (Denmark, France, Sweden)

Professor of International Relations/Political Science

PhD, European University Institute in Florence in collaboration with Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris

Since 2013, she has been Professor of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where she will continue to teach a few weeks per year. She previously held positions at Central European University in Budapest, the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, the University of Southern Denmark, the Copenhagen Business School, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, the Collegio Carlo Alberto and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University.

Her research is in International Political Sociology. She has worked extensively with practice theoretical approaches and she has a longstanding interest in the commercialisation of military/security matters. Her current research focuses on the politics of digital, aesthetic and legal practices.

Anna Leander recently published the Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (2016, edited with Rita Abrahamsen) as well as articles in the European Journal of Social Theory, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, the Leiden Journal of International Law and International Studies Perspectives.

She speaks fluently Danish, English, French and Swedish.


Autumn 2017


Cyrus Schayeg (Switzerland and Iran)

Associate Professor, International History 

PhD, Columbia University

Prior to joining the Institute, Cyrus Schayegh taught for nine years at Princeton University, first as assistant professor and then as associate professor. From 2014 to 2017 he led Princeton’s Programme of Near Eastern Studies. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as assistant professor at the American University of Beirut’s department of history and archaeology.

His main areas of expertise cover the modern Middle East, global history, decolonisation, the Cold War, development studies and historiography. His current research projects focus on the
interactions between globalisation and post-war decolonisation, Arab perspectives on decolonisation in Africa and Asia, interwar European inter-imperial cooperation and historiography. 

Professor Schayegh has published two books, The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard University Press, 2017) and Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 (University of California Press, 2009). He has co-edited two works: The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates (Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Andrew Arsan) and A Global Middle East: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880–1940 (Tauris, 2014, co-edited with Liat Kozma and Avner Wishnitzer). He has contributed to numerous reviews, including American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Geschichte und Gesellschaft and International Journal of Middle East Studies.

A polyglot, Cyrus Schayegh speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Persian and Spanish.