The Author

Prof. Dr. Miriam M. Müller-Rensch (Joint Ph.D.; Dr.rer.pol.)

Professor of Sociology and International Inequality at University of Applied Sciences Erfurt
Director of Reserach Center „Radicalization & Violent Conflict“

Research Focus:  International Relations & Contemporary History of the Middle East; political and religious Ideologies; Political Violence; Peace and Conflict Research; Rebel Governance and Insurgencies; German history and the Cold War

Miriam M. Müller-Rensch is a political scientist by trade and is striving for critical and truly interdisciplinary research: International Relations, History, Sociology, Law, Post-colonial Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies complement her political science perspective. Currently, Miriam is Professor of Sociology and International Inequality at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt.

Miriam received her doctorate jointly from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Victoria, Canada, in Political Science and International Relations. Her interdisciplinary dissertation on East German Foreign Policy in Southern Yemen focuses on the role of Marxism-Leninism regarding “Socialist state- and nation-building” in the Global South during the Cold War. Specialized in the politics of the Middle East, she is concerned with religious and political ideologies, statehood, international security and foreign policy. Her current research project at the Max-Planck-Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle/Germany explores the role of religion, violence and identity for the establishment and consolidation of governance of the so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria.

More on her current research project:

Daeshs alternativer Herrschafts-Modus in Irak und Syrien (German summary)

A Damn Good “State Mimicry” – Exploring Daesh’s Mode of Governance (English blog article)

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The Blog

This website is a professional web log on politically relevant topics in the social sciences and the humanities. It serves as a platform to present and discuss my academic, consultancy and journalistic work and a place of debate with like-minded researchers.

Das politicum strives to present critical and truly interdisciplinary research with a specific focus on International Relations, the Middle East and its relationship to the Western world.

Topics of interest International Relations, Foreign and Security Policy, War and Conflict, Migration, Insurgencies and Political Islam.

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