Anna Leander is Professor of International Relations/Political Science. 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. She 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. Her current research focuses on the politics of digital, aesthetic and legal practices.
- Commercial security: markets, marketing and regulation of commercial security
- Internet politics: social media, cyber-security, internet governance, politics of images/videos.
- Politics of expertise: security and conflict resolution expertise in particular
- Academic specialization: International political sociology; critical security studies.
- (2019), Elke Krahmann and Anna Leander, 'Contracting Security: Markets in the Making of MONUSCO Peacekeeping', International Peacekeeping, 26 (2): 165-189.
- (2018) The Politics of Legal Arrangements: The “Duty of Care” Justifying, Extending and Perpetuating Public in the Private Forms of Protection Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 25 (1): 265-290.
- (2016) ‘Strong Objectivity in Security Studies: Ethnographic Contributions to Method Development’, International Studies Perspectives 17 (4): 462-475.
- (2015-2016) 'Mercados transgresores de seguridad: una mercancía en disputa y sus prácticas de mercado’ [Transgressive Security Markets: A Contested Commodity and its Market Practices], Relaciones Internacionales (30): 117-37,
- (2015) ‘Theorising International Monetary Relations: Three Questions about the Significance of Materiality’, Contexto Internacional, 37 (3): 945-973.
- (2014) Essential and Embattled Expertise: The Knowledge—Expert—Policy Nexus around the Sarin Gas Attack in Syria. Politik 17:26-37.
- (2013) ‘Technological Agency in the Co-Constitution of Legal Expertise and the US Drone Program’, Leiden Journal of International Law 26 (4): 811-831.
- (2012) ‘What Do Codes of Conduct Do? Hybrid Constitutionalization and Militarization in Military Markets’, Global Constitutionalism 1 (1): 91-119.
- (2011) ‘The Promises, Problems and Potentials of a Bourdieu Inspired Approach to International Relations’, International Political Sociology 5 (3): 294-313.
- (2010) ‘The Paradoxical Impunity of Private Military Companies: Authority and the Limits to Legal Accountability’, Security Dialogue 41 (5): 467-90.
- (2007) (and Rens van Munster) ‘Private Security Contractors in Darfur: Reflecting and Reinforcing Neo-Liberal Governmentality’, International Relations 21 (2): 201-216.
- (2006) ‘Paradigms as a Hindrance to Understanding World Politics’, Cooperation and Conflict 41 (4): 371-377.
- (2005) ‘The Market for Force and Public Security: The Destabilizing Consequences of Private Military Companies’, Journal of Peace Research 42 (5): 605-22.
- (2004) ‘Drafting Community: Understanding the Fate of Conscription’, Armed Forces & Society 30 (4): 571-600.
Peer-reviewed book chapters
- (2020) Composing Collaborationist Collages about Commercial Security. In Eklektiske Analysestrategier: Problemorienteret Samfundsvidenskab På Tværs Af Perspektiver, edited by Justine Grønbæk Pors and Emil Husted. Copenhangen: Akademisk Forlag, in press.
- (2019), ‘Making Markets Responsible: Revisiting the State Monopoly on the Legitimate Use of Force’, in Tom Crosbie and Ori Swed (eds) Sociology, Privatization, Global Conflicts. (London: Palgrave), pp. 137-71.
- (2018), 'International relations expertise at the interstices of fields and assemblages', in Andreas Gofas, Innana Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf (eds.) The SAGE Handbook on the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations (London et al.: Sage), pp. 386-98.
- (2017), ‘From Cookbooks to Dictionaries in the Making: Methodological Perspectives for Research of Non-State Actors and Processes’, in Andreas Kruck & Andrea Schneiker Methodological Approaches for Studying Non-state Actors in International Security. Theory and Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 233-245.
- (2016) Afterword: The Commercial in /for International Political Sociology, in Pinar Bilgin and Xavier Guilllaume, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. London and New York, pp. 376-386.
- (2015) ‘Afterword: Engendering Knowledge and Shifting the Spaces of “Private Security” and “Global Politics”’, in Maya Eichler (ed.) Gender and Private Security in Global Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 236-243.
- (2014) ‘Understanding US National Intelligence: Analyzing Practices to Capture the Chimera’, in Jacqueline Best & Alexandra Gheciu (eds.) The Return of the Public in Global Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 197-220.
- (2013) ‘Marketing Security Matters: Undermining De-Securitization through Acts of Citizenship’, in Xavier Guillaume & Jef Huysmans (eds.) Security and Citizenship: The Constitution of Political Being. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 147-13.
- (2010) ‘Habitus and Field’, in Robert A. Denemark (ed.) Blackwell: International Studies Compendium Project, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 3255-70.
- (2009) ‘Securing Sovereignty by Governing Security through Markets’, in Rebbecca Adler-Nissen & Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (eds.) Sovereignty Games: Instrumentalising State Sovereignty in Europe and Beyond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 151-70.
- (2008) ‘Thinking Tools: Analyzing Symbolic Power and Violence’, in Audie Klotz & Deepa Prakash (eds.) Qualitative Methods in International Relations: A Pluralist Guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 11-28.
- (2007) ‘Regulating the Role of PMCs in Shaping Security and Politics’, in Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt (eds.) From Mercenaries to Markets: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 49-64.
- (2006) ‘Enduring Conscription: Vagueness and Värnplikt in Sweden’, in Pertti Joenniemi, ed., The Changing Face of European Conscription. London: Ashgate, pp. 112-30.
- Leander, Anna and Donatella della Ratta (2019), 'Art as Expertise? Creative Expression in Syrian Conflict Resolution', in Anna Leander and Ole Wæver (eds.) Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South (London et al.: Routledge (Worlding Beyond the West), pp. 190-212.