Melanie Morisse is a senior lecturer and research fellow in political sciences with special focus on International Relations (IR) . She holds a Diplôme d’Études Europénnes (D.E.E.) from Université Paris-III, Sorbone-Nouvelle, a M.A. in political sciences, law, and journalism/communication sciences from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) from Université Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne as well as a PhD from Humboldt University of Berlin. She received the “Europapreis” for distinctive political sciences research on Europe endowed by the universities of the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg for her PhD thesis on “Diplomacy and European Foreign Politics in France and Great Britain Compared”. In 2012 the TU Dresden bestowed the ‘Venia Legendi’ in political sciences with special focus on International Relations on her. Her thesis (“Habilitation”) is a theory-driven investigation into the changing power of science and scientific cooperation in the Mediterranean (modeling ‘democratization by science’). She spent extensive study and research periods of time abroad, in France at the universities of Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris-III, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, in UK at LSE London, in USA at UC Berkeley as well as in Brussels at the European Commission (GD European Economic Relations, Department for the Mediterranean Region (Algeria desk)). She has regularly presented her research at international conferences, such as ISA, ECPR, EUSA, BISA, and DVPW.
Dr. Morisse teaches courses at BA level on international politics (introduction to), international regimes, MLG, and European integration as well as at MA level on international/European political economy, law and legalization in world politics, global governance (transformation of the State, welfare), as well as methodology in IR. She is the author of “L’Europe et la question algérienne” (Presses Universitaires de France, 1999), “Diplomatie und Europäische Außenpolitik” (Nomos, 2006) as well as editor of “Wissen, Wissenschaft und Global Commons” (with Jost Halfmann) (Nomos, 2012). Her research focuses on politics of knowledge in (I)international relations, European (economic and social) politics, as well as on epistemic authorities of diplomacy and law. Among recent scholarly articles are “Changing the World: Epistemic Communities and the Democratizing Power of Science” (2015) as well as “’Ach Deutschland!’ Greece, the Euro Crisis, and the Costs and Benefits of Being a Benign Hegemon” (2011). Her current book manuscript comprises a cross disciplinary inquiry into the epistemic foundations of diplomacy and law (“(Dis)ordering World Politics. Understanding Orthodox and Heterodox Reasoning on Diplomacy and Law”).