Stefano Guzzini


Professeur associé, Relations Internationales/Science Politique
Spoken languages
German, French, English, Italian
Areas of expertise
  • Social and Political Theory (Concepts and theories of power)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Security Studies
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Interpretivist and qualitative methodology


Stefano Guzzini is the Chair of Political and Social Theory, as well as Swiss Co-chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance at the European University Institute, Florence. He is on long-term leave from Uppsala University and the Danish Institute for International Studies. He previously taught at the Central European University (Budapest, 1994-2000) and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, 2013-2023), and was guest professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Universities of Bremen, Ljubljana and Lublin. He was a fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies, the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies / Department of Government, Cornell University (2016-17). 

He served as the editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development (2004-2008) and co-editor of International Theory (2019-2023), as a member of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (2004-2005) and of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group of International Relations (SGIR) of the ECPR, now EISA (2004-2010). From 2013-2019, he served as President of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA). He is currently Associate Editor of Contexto Internacional and co-editor of the Bristol Studies in International Theory.


Selected Publications

Monographs and edited volumes


Book chapters

  • Power in World Politics, in William Thompson, ed., Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press, 2022.
  • Ideas and Identity from Rationalism to Theories of Recognition’, in Patrick A. Mello and Falk Ostermann, eds, The Routledge Handbook of Foreign Policy Methods. Routledge, 2022, pp. 21-38.
  • ‘Saving Realist Prudence’, in J. Samuel Barkin, ed., The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism. Bristol UP, 2020, pp. 217-232.
  • ‘Max Weber’s power’, in Richard Ned Lebow, ed., Max Weber and International Relations. Cambridge UP, 2017, pp. 97-118.
  • ‘International political sociology, or: the social ontology and power politics of process’, in Xavier Guillaume & Pinar Bilgin, eds, Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology, Routledge, 2017, pp. 366-375.
  • ‘Power’, in Felix Berenskoetter, ed., Concepts in World Politics. Sage, 2016, pp. 23-40. 
  • ‘Liberal international order’, in Tim Dunne and Trine Flockhart, eds, Liberal World Orders. Oxford UP, 2013, pp. 247-256. 
  • ‘Power: Bourdieu’s field analysis of relational capital, misrecognition and domination”, in Rebecca Adler-Nissen, ed., Bourdieu in International Relations: Rethinking key concepts, Routledge, 2013, pp. 79-91. 
  • ‘Maintenir les dilemmes de la modernité en suspens: analyse et éthique poststructuralistes en Relations Internationales’, in Klaus-Gerd Giesen, ed., L'éthique de l'espace politique mondial: métissages disciplinaires. Bruylant, 1997, pp. 247-285.