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Georg Löfflmann


Since 1 September I am Senior Teaching and Research Fellow in War Studies and US Foreign Policy. I joined PAIS in September 2015 as Teaching Fellow for US Foreign Policy and American Politics. From September 2016 to April 2018, I assisted Nick Vaughan-Williams as Research Fellow with his Leverhulme funded project Everyday Narratives of European Border Security and Insecurity. Between May 2018 and April 2021, I undertook a three-year Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust with a research project on the interlinkage of security discourses and populist rhetoric in the United States under the Trump presidency.

Between 2011 and 2014, I undertook my PhD studies at PAIS. My PhD thesis is titled: "The Fractured Consensus - How competing visions of grand strategy challenge the geopolitical identity of American leadership under the Obama presidency," and was supervised by Professor Stuart Croft and Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams. The thesis was nominated for the 2016 Michael Nicholson Prize for best doctoral thesis in International Studies.

Previously, I studied International Relations in Germany at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-University, and the University of Potsdam, and Political Science and History at the University of Erfurt in Germany.


My current research project, supported by a Leverhulme Trust's Early Career Fellowship (ECF) is titled: 'Enemies of the People' The Populist Security Imaginary in American Politics Under the Trump Presidency. The project explores the interlinkage of populism and security and its impact on voter mobilization and the legitimation of policies in the United States (2016-2020). The outputs of that project are available here:

My research monograph, American Grand Strategy Under Obama (EUP, 2017) examines competing discourses of American grand strategy, national security, and geopolitical identity under the Obama presidency. The book explores how the Obama Doctrine posed an internal challenge to the established elite consensus of American exceptionalism and liberal hegemony by emphasising military restraint and 'leading from behind'. From an in-depth analysis of various competing popular, formal and practical discourses of national security and foreign policy, I conclude that American grand strategy under Obama no longer represented a coherent and consistent equation of material resources and political ends, but a contested discursive space, where identity and policy no longer matched up.

My research interests revolve around the interaction of security and identity, discourse, narrative and practice, and the role of the everyday in shaping politics, with my research broadly located at the intersection of International Relations (IR) and Critical Security Studies (CSS), while I also incorporate insights from adjacent fields such as political communication, political psychology or critical geopolitics into my work. I am interested, how particular identity discourses and security narratives emerge as dominant in the political and public sphere, and how processes of identity formation and meaning making enable or constrain policy choices and provoke resistance against existing political hegemonies. Empirically, a particular focus of my research is on US foreign and security policy.


Single-authored Research Monographs:
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles: 
Book chapters and other academic publications:
  • Georg Löfflmann "US Grand Strategy in Asia" in W. Aslam, N. Nymalm, O. Turner, eds. Handbook of US Policy in the Indo-Pacific (forthcoming).
  • Georg Löfflmann, ‘A House Divided: The Populist Challenge for US Foreign Policy,’ in Hendrik W. Ohnesorge, ed. Soft Power and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy (forthcoming).
  • Georg Löfflmann and Nick Vaughan-Williams, "Narrating Identity, Border Security, and Migration: Critical Focus Groups and the Everyday as Problematic," Critical Studies on Security, Vol. 5, no. 2 (2017): pp. 207-211.
Op-eds, book reviews, etc.:

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2017: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2018-2021)
  • 2014: Institute of Advanced Studies (University of Warwick) Early Career Fellowship (2014-2015).

Awards and Prizes

  • 2016 Nominated for Michael Nicholson Prize for best doctoral thesis in International Studies.

  • 2016 Nominated for Warwick University Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University


In the academic year 2021/22, I am Director for the MA module in US Foreign Policy (PO 980) and the undergraduate modules US Foreign Policy (PO379) and War in the Twenty-First Century (PO3A2). Previously, I have also directed undergraduate modules on American Politics and Critical Security Studies, and taught on the undergraduate module in International Security.

Recent Conferences

2021: International Studies Association (ISA), Annual Convention (online), 6-9 April, paper presented: 'America First and the Populist Challenge to Liberal Hegemony'. 2nd paper presented: '‘Enemies of the People’: Donald Trump and the Populist Security Imaginary of America First'. Participation in roundtable discussion: 'Soft Power and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy.'

2019: International Security Studies (ISSS) Conference, Denver, 18-19 October, paper presented: 'The Populist Security Imaginary of Anxiety, Identity and Crisis' with Alexandra Homolar

2019: EISA Conference, 11-14 September, Sofia, paper presented: 'Trump vs. Globalism: 'America First' and the Populist Challenge to Liberal Hegemony'

2019: BISA US Foreign Policy Conference, 4-5 September, Dublin, paper presented: 'America First and the Populist Impact on US Foreign Policy'

2019: Conference on the Ideational Approach to Populism: Consequences and Mitigation, Segovia 24-26 June, paper presented: 'Enemies of the People: The political mobilization of insecurity in contemporary populism' with Alexandra Homolar

Public Engagement / Media

The Quint (India), The Big Story podcast 'Will the Humanitarian Disaster in Afghanistan Define Biden's Legacy?', 17 August 2021.

poLit podcast Episode 17 - Dr. Georg Löfflmann on Populism and Populist Foreign Policy.

Also available here:

Multiple TV and radio appearances commenting on American politics and US foreign policy on BBC News, Sky News, France 24, CNBC, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, TRT World, tbs radio Seoul, LBC Radio and local BBC radio.

Expert comment for print publications: L'Orient Le Jour (Lebanon); Telemundo (Spain)

Interview on France 24 on the first 2020 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden (30 September 2020):

Interviewed for Partly Political Podcast with Tiernan Douieb, 13 November 2018, Episode 120 – Sea Change – Mid Term Elections, Taxpayers Alliance, Brexit Fallout

Interviewed on Al Jazeera on US national security policy under President Trump (19 September 2018):

Interview on the Military-Entertainment-Industry Complex with the Alien Movie Project, Episode 87: 'Battleship' (28 January 2017).

Interview on Deutsche Welle 'What will the Trump White House look like?' (11 January 2017):


Dr. Georg Löfflmann

Senior Teaching and Research Fellow in War Studies and US Foreign Policy

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