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Prof. Dr. Christian Kreuder-Sonnen

Cohort 2012

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn & Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zangl

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Institute of Political Science

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Organisations

Since 2019 Christian Kreuder-Sonnen is assistant professor (with tenure track) of political science and international organizations at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He is the co-director of the MA International Organizations and Crisis Management (IOCM). As a postdoc, Christian served as the scientific coordinator of DFG Research Group OSAIC while being a research fellow in the Global Governance department of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. After completing the BTS program, he received his PhD from the Free University Berlin in 2016. He held visiting positions at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. His PhD thesis “Emergency Powers of International Organizations” was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. It was awarded the 2020 Chadwick Alger Prize by the International Studies Association for the best book on the subject of international organization and multilateralism.

Title of PhD Thesis

Emergency Powers of International Organizations. Between Normalization and Containment.

Research Interests

Regime Complexity

Norm Conflicts

Emergency Politics of International Organizations

International Law and Legal theory


  • Forthcoming: After Fragmentation. Norm Collisions, Interface Conflicts, and Conflict Management. Global Constitutionalism 9(2), co-authored with Michael Zürn.
  • Forthcoming: Zwischen Hoffen und Bangen: Zum Verhältnis von Autorität, Politisierung und Demokratisierung in internationalen Organisationen. Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 27(1), co-authored with Bernhard Zangl. 
  • 2019: Emergency Powers of International Organizations. Between Normalization and Containment. Oxford University Press. Winner of the 2020 Chadwick Alger Prize.