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Susan Bergner

Cohort 2021

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tobias Berger

Topic of PhD Thesis: African Diasporas in IR: Untapped potential for contesting, supporting or expanding the liberal script

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Freie Universität Berlin

Doctoral Researcher, RU Orders

Education and Work Experience

  • Since 09/2021: Freie Universität Berlin, Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script", Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies, Berlin, Doctoral Researcher
  • 10/2019-08/2021: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, Research Associate
  • 10/2015-06/2019: Freie Universität Berlin, M.A. Political Sciences
  • 10/2011-10/2015: Freie Universität Berlin, B.A. Communications and Political Science



Academic Appointments, Scientific Activities & Outreach

  • 01/2019-10/2019: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, Research Assistant
  • 04/2015-10/2018: Freie Universität Berlin, Centre for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy, Berlin, Student Assistant
  • 10/2017-02/2018: European Commission, Directorate-General for international cooperation and development (DG DEVCO, today DG INTPA), Brussels, Trainee



  • (African) Diasporas in International Relations
  • De-/Post-Colonial Perspectives and Gender in International Relations
  • EU Global Policies
  • Global Health

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