Prof. Lora Anne Viola Ph.D.

Lora Viola

Abteilung Politik

Juniorprofessur für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik

Lansstraße 7-9
Raum 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

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

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

Viola, Lora Anne. 2015. “The Governance Shift: From Multilateral IGOs to Orchestrated Networks.” In Negotiated Reform: The Multilevel Governance of Financial Reform, edited by Renate Mayntz. Campus.

---. 2015. “Orchestration by design: the G20 in international financial regulation.” In International Organizations as Orchestrators, edited by Kenneth W. Abbott et. al. Cambridge University Press.

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

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

Viola, Lora Anne. 2014. “The G-20 and global financial regulation.” In Handbook of Global Economic Governance: Players, power and paradigms, edited by Manuela Moschella and Catherine Weaver. Routledge.

---. 2014. “Die USA und internationale Organisationen.” In Handbuch Politik USA, edited by Christian Lammert, Markus Siewert and Boris Vormann. Springer VS.

---. 2013. “The Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Deception in American Foreign Policy.” In Revisiting the Sixties: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on America’s Longest Decade, edited by Laura Bieger and Christian Lammert. Campus.

---. 2013. “Institutioneller Wandel durch Wettbewerb: Wie die Zivilgesellschaft die Weltgesundheitsorganisation verändert hat.” In Die Politisierung der Weltpolitik, edited by Michael Zürn and Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt. Suhrkamp.

---. 2013. “Stratificatory differentiation as a constitutive principle of the international system.” In Bringing Sociology to International Relations: World Politics as Differentiation Theory, edited by Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan, and Michael Zürn. Cambridge University Press.

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

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