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Georg Löfflmann


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. On 1 May 2018, I began 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. Currently I am Visiting Research Fellow in International Security.

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 new research project, supported by the 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).

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 and practice, and the role of the everyday in shaping politics, with my research broadly located within critical security studies and related fields, such as critical geopolitics. I am interested, how particular discourses 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.


Single-authored Research Monographs:
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles: 
Book chapters and other academic publications:
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


I am on research leave in the academic year 2020/21.

In the academic year 2019/20, I was Director for the MA modules in US Foreign Policy (PO 980) and US Security Policy (PO 979) and the undergraduate module in US Foreign Policy (PO379). 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

2019: BISA Conference, 12-14 June, London, paper presented: 'Trump vs. Globalism: 'America First' and the Populist Challenge to Liberal Hegemony'

2019: International Conference in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, 31 May - 1 June, University of Essex, paper presented: 'Carl Schmitt and the Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy'

2019: PSA Conference, 15-17 April, Nottingham, paper presented: 'America First and the Populist Impact on US Foreign Policy'

Public Engagement / Media

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):


Visiting Research Fellow in International Security