International Relations (IR) and IR Theory, Foreign and Security Policy, Middle East Studies, Development Studies, Post Colonial Studies, Religious Studies, German and Cold War Studies

Research Interests
Transformation Processes and State Building, Political Violence, Rebel Governance, Political and Religious Ideologies, International Inequalities

Research Area(s)
Middle East and greater MENA Region, Sahel


Miriam M. Müller-Rensch (Joint PhD) received her doctorate jointly from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Victoria (UVic), Canada, in Political Science and International Relations. With her interdisciplinary dissertation on East German Foreign Policy in Southern Yemen, she especially addressed the role of Marxism-Leninism with regard to "Socialist state- and nation-building" in the Global South during the Cold War. She currently teaches in the fields of Political Theory, Sociology, Cultural Studies and International Law and Human Rights at Leuphana University Lunenburg, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg and University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt. She is an alumna of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Center for Global Studies at UVic. Her current research project critically analyses the so-called "Islamic State's" alternative mode of governance as it manifested in Iraq in Syria from 2013 to 2017.

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