Jan Busse

Dr. Jan Busse

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer

Member of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities



Email: jan.busse@unibw.de
Phone: 0049 – 89 – 6004 3003
Fax: 0049 – 89 – 6004 4460

Building 33 / Room 3115

Office hours by prior appointment


Brief Introduction

Since September 2014 Jan Busse is senior research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Global Politics and Conflict Studies. In May 2016 he obtained his PhD degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Affairs of the Bundeswehr University Munich.

He holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bielefeld University.

From January 2013 until May 2014, Jan Busse worked as research fellow at the Middle East and Africa Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in Berlin, and between 2010 to 2012 as research assistant.

In 2009 he was trainee in the cabinet of the president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso in Brussels working on EU foreign policy.

As part of his PhD research he carried out field work in Palestine and Israel while being a visiting fellow of the Democracy and Human Rights Program at Birzeit University, Palestine.


Research Interests

Jan Busse’s research focuses on historic and international political sociologies of IR, and, in particular, on Foucauldian post-structuralism and (de-) constructionist theories of global order(ing). His regional focus lies on societal and political dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa.

In his PhD thesis, he worked on patterns of world-societal order and governmentality in Palestine/Israel.

In addition, he connects his passion for football with his interest in the Middle East and North Africa by doing research on the political impact of football in the context of globalization. In this regard, he focuses on the role of the Ultras during the uprisings in Egypt since 2011.


Current Research Projects

Currently, his research addresses the role of border(ing) spaces for the regional and world-societal order of the Middle East.

Second, he works on how mechanisms of diffusion and decoupling have contributed to the arrival of Modernity in the Middle East.

Third, he works on a project that wants to make a contribution to the Area-Studies-Controversy by dealing with the politics of space in world society.


To get a better sense of power dynamics in global politics, this book presents an innovative theoretical framework, combining a critical engagement with, and further development of, Michel Foucault’s governmentality on the one hand, and the theory of world society of the Stanford School of Sociology on the other.


Der Nahostkonflikt: Geschichte, Positionen, Perspektiven

Der Konflikt zwischen Israel und den Palästinensern steht seit Jahrzehnten im Fokus der Weltöffentlichkeit. Die Autoren zeichnen anschaulich seine Geschichte nach und erläutern die unterschiedlichen Sichtweisen der Konfliktparteien. Sie beschreiben die wichtigsten Streitpunkte - von der Kontrolle über Jerusalem über den Zugang zu Wasser bis zum Grenzverlauf - und erklären, warum die aktuellen innen- und außenpolitischen Konstellationen den Krisenherd nicht zur Ruhe kommen lassen.