Prof. Lora Anne Viola Ph.D.

Lora Anne Viola

Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor for North American Foreign Policy

Lansstr. 7-9
Room 303b
14195 Berlin

Professor Viola is a frequent guest contributor on various national and international news outlets. Please follow this link for a BBC World Service Radio discussion on Germany-US relations in the wake of the expulsion of an American intelligence official from Berlin in July 2014.

Lora Anne Viola is currently Assistant Professor in the Politics Department of the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). She received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from Columbia University in New York City. Before joining the FUB she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Sciences Research Center Berlin (WZB) and a visiting scholar at Stanford and Oxford Universities. She is a native New Yorker and an adopted Berliner.


Viola’s research areas include international institutions and global order, US foreign policy and diplomacy, international relations theory, historical institutionalism, and inequality in the international system. Most recently she has published on the G20, shifting patterns of governance, international organizations and inequality, and US foreign policy. She is currently working on an edited volume on historical institutionalism and a book manuscript on institutions and inequality. 



Courses Taught at the FUB

The US in the Middle East (with Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht)

MA Interdisciplinary Seminar

Summer 2015

Rising Powers in World Politics

BA Seminar

Summer 2015

Hegemony and Empire in the “American Century”

MA Seminar

Winter 2014-15

Advanced Theories and Methods for Political Science

PhD Seminar

Summer 2014

Nation Branding (with Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht)

MA Interdisciplinary Seminar

Summer 2014

The US and the “Global War on Terror”

BA Seminar

Summer 2014

Theories and Methods for Political Science

PhD Seminar

Winter 2013-14

Theories and Practices of Contemporary US Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War

BA Seminar

Winter 2012-13

US Foreign and Economic Policy in the Interwar Period (with Prof. Irwin Collier)

MA Interdisciplinary Seminar

Winter 2012-13, Summer 2011

Historical Institutionalism and International Relations: Explaining Institutional Development in World Politics (edited with Thomas Rixen and Michael Zürn), Oxford University Press (2016).

Historical Institutionalism and International Relations: Towards Explaining Change and Stability in International Institutions” (with Thomas Rixen) in Thomas Rixen, Lora Anne Viola, and Michael Zürn (Eds.) Historical Institutionalism and International Relations: Explaining Institutional Development in World Politics, Oxford University Press (2016).

The Governance Shift: From Multilateral IGOs to Orchestrated Networks” in Renate Mayntz (Ed.) Negotiated Reform: The Multilevel Governance of Financial Reform, Campus Verlag (2015).

Orchestration by design: the G20 in international financial regulation” in Kenneth W. Abbott et. al. (Eds.) International Organizations as Orchestrators, Cambridge University Press (2015).

Putting path dependence in its place: toward a Taxonomy of institutional change” (with Thomas Rixen) Journal of Theoretical Politics, 27 (2): 301-323 (2015).

Sovereign (In)equality in the Evolution of the International System” (with Duncan Snidal and Michael Zürn) in Stephan Leibfried et al. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State, Oxford University Press (2015).

The G-20 and global financial regulation” in Manuela Moschella and Catherine Weaver (Eds.) Handbook of Global Economic Governance: Players, power and paradigms, Routledge Press (2014).

Die USA und internationale Organisationen” in Christian Lammert, Markus Siewert, and Boris Vormann (Eds.) Handbook Politik USA, Springer VS Verlag (2014).

Stratificatory differentiation as a constitutive principle of the international system” in Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan, and Michael Zürn (Eds.) Bringing Sociology to International Relations: World Politics as Differentiation Theory, Cambridge University Press (2013).

Institutioneller Wandel durch Wettbewerb: Wie die Zivilgesellschaft die Weltgesundheitsorganisation verändert hat” in Michael Zürn and Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt (Eds.) Die Politisierung der Weltpolitik, Suhrkamp Verlag (2013).

“The Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Deception in American Foreign Policy” in Laura Bieger and Christian Lammert (Eds.) The 1960s: America’s Longest Decade, Campus Verlag (2013).

“Das Ende des American Century? Der Niedergang der globalen Hegemonie der USA und seine Auswirkungen auf die internationale Politik” in Andreas Etges and Winfried Fluck (Eds.) American Dream? Die demokratische Gesellschaft in der Krise, Campus Verlag (2011).

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